In your abdomen, the placenta, connected to your baby via the umbilical cord, feeds and oxygenates baby for 9 months. After the birth, this cord is cut and only a few centimetres are left attached to your baby’s abdomen. Before it falls off, it must be cared for in a specific way.
Mothers often worry about caring for the umbilical cord. But this painless care is important: it is essential to avoid any risk of infection and requires simple, regular procedures. It will help the cord to dry up and fall off on its own in 5 to 15 days after the birth. It is advisable to carry out this procedure twice a day.
- Wash your hands.
- Set baby down on his back, on the changing table.
- Clean the cord with a compress soaked in a local antiseptic.
- Don’t be afraid to move the cord to clean each part properly: baby will not feel any pain, no nerves being connected between the cord and the body.
- Cover the cord with a dry compress, put on the nappy and fold it with the top inside so as to let the cord breathe.
- Once the cord has fallen off, you can clean the belly button with a compress soaked in physiological saline once a day for 8 days to promote healing.
Good to know :
The best time to clean the cord is after baby’s bath. Indeed, since the cord is softened, it is easier to remove all the hidden secretions which are difficult to remove when the cord is dry.
Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after each procedure!!!