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Old 10-28-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
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umbilical cord care

For those of you whose newborns lost their umbilical cord in short time period, what treatment did you use? My babies have always had theirs for at least 3 weeks, and it really bothers me for some reason--weak stomach, I guess. We've used rubbing alcohol in the past, but would like to use something more natural this time --especially if it helps speed up the process.

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Old 10-28-2007, 09:25 PM   #2
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I don't know of anything besides alcohol - somebody else may be able to answer that, but to speed it up make sure you are lifting it up and getting the alcohol everywhere - sometimes a gentle pull so you are sure to get under the cord. You will see that pus - get it all cleaned out/dry An ear swab is easier to use than a cotton ball.
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I've heard that alchol can make it stay on longer, keeping it moist (or something like that) I just let DD be and it fell off probably in a couple weeks on its own creeped me out when it did though :giggles:
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:32 PM   #4
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I agree with the pp. The alcohol doesn't really make it dry up and fall off quicker. It is now suggested just to let it air dry by making sure the top of the diaper rests below it and not on or over it so it has ample exposure to air.
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Re: umbilical cord care

Most doctors around here recommend to leave it alone unless it gets something, like poop or pee, on it or if it starts smelling funky or looking red. Then we clean it with alcohol and a cotton swab. My first DDs took 3 weeks back when we used alcohol 3-4 times a day, and my last DDs fell off in 5 days with the new rules.
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:58 AM   #6
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Re: umbilical cord care

With my last baby my midwife used a cord bander and left it longer. It definitely dried out really fast that way. It was about 1.5" long and it shriveled and fell off within a week. I have read about aboriginal people who leave the whole thing attached (obviously) and it dries out and falls off within days! But since those probably aren't options for you I recomend GoldenSeal cord care powder. I keeps it disinfected whilst drying it up. And yes the alcohol is a myth. It does keep it moist and keeps it from falling off!
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:49 AM   #7
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We used nothing for the most part - just let it air out. Once a day I'd clean out the crusty stuff with alcohol and that is it. DD#1 lost hers at 2 weeks and DD#2 lost hers at 1 week.
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We used goldenseal and the stump fell off rather quickly.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:27 AM   #9
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Re: umbilical cord care

Alcohol inhibits new cell growth, and greatly delays healing time. I squirted breastmilk on Henry's once or twice a day, and it fell off on day 4 or 5, I can't remember exactly. I know it wasn't on long. It stunk really bad the last day or so, but its supposed to, since it is decaying flesh.
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NOTHING. They stopped advocating using alcohol over 9 years ago.

I fully imersed(other than the head) the girls in a tub from their first bath. After their bath I used a dry q-tip to dry around the cord. The longest cord took a week to fall off, the shortest was 5(though I think the diaper may have pulled that one.
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