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Clean the Umbilical Cord

Don't be afraid to clean your baby's umbilical cord: the quicker the base
dries, the sooner the cord will fall off. Be sure that you have washed your
hands before handling the cord. If the umbilical cord becomes soiled with
urine or feces, you should clean the area when you change your baby’s
diaper. To clean the cord safely, take a cotton bud, cotton swab, cotton
square or cotton round and clean around the base of the cord with clean

water.

Remember to avoid covering the cord with the diaper, because the cord area
should be kept dry and clean at all times. If the diaper is too high, fold it
down on your baby before securing. You can also buy special newborn
diapers that have a space cut-out for the cord. The cord area should heal in

about 7 to 10 days.

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