Umbilical cord is one crucial part of a mother’s health. Before this cord falls off within 10 and 28 days after birth, it is very crucial to take care of this umbilical cord, to ensure it is free from any infection that may harm both the mother and the infant.
When diapering your newborn, make sure to expose the cord to air by folding the diaper down below the cord. When you need to change the diaper, use one of your hand to hold the end of the umbilical cord upward, and then use another hand to take a sterile cotton ball. Make sure you have soaked the cotton ball in rubbing alcohol before taking it. Then, move forward to the base of the cord and use the cotton ball to clean it. This treatment is simple enough that you will not realize it also helps you in speeding up the falling off process.
Keeping the cord dry is the easiest way to keep it clean. So, until it falls off, use only sponge to bathe your baby, without touching the umbilical cord and its surrounding areas.