After the birth of your baby, the doctor or midwife will cut and clamp the umbilical cord from the placenta. A stump will be left behind, which will eventually fall off, leaving a cute little belly button.
Most umbilical cords will heal without any issues, but to prevent infection, here is how to take care of it.
The cord stump will be white or yellow in colour at first. After a couple of days, once the cord has dried and become black, you can remove the clamp.
It’s important not to pull the cord stump off, even if it looks like it could come off easily. Allow it to come off naturally, which will be anytime between 5-15 days.
Wash the umbilical cord stump each day. Until the cord has healed, you can give your baby sponge baths and regular wipe-downs. Read why it’s best to delay baby’s first bath.
Speak to your GP or midwife if you notice any of the following:
When the stump falls off, there is sometimes a little bleeding or oozing at the site, which is normal and shouldn’t last long. The belly button should heal completely within a few days, but if it continues to be sticky or there’s a discharge, it could be infected.
When to see your doctor or MCHN immediately: