How to Bathe a Baby

Tips for Cord Care

  • To prevent infection and speed the drying of the cord, some healthcare professionals suggest cleaning around the cord with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol several times a day.
  • To avoid irritation, don't cover the area with a diaper or plastic pants. Fold the diaper over and away from the cord area.
  • Continue this hygiene for a few days after the cord has fallen off completely. Don't be surprised if you see a few drops of blood the day the cord falls off. This is normal.
  • As the cord falls off, the center may look yellow. But if it has a puslike discharge or an offensive odor, or if the area is hot, red and swollen, call your baby's doctor.
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