Changing Diapers: Umbilical cord care

With today's modern disposables, it can be nearly impossible to tell by touch if your baby's diaper is wet. Try and plan on changing them after every feeding at first, as well as after every bowel movement. While her cord is attached, use the notch cutout diapers (or fold down a regular one), and be sure to wipe the umbilical stump with the use of baby wipes when you change the diaper. Avoid using cotton ball or swab as it can be harmful for your baby. Just to be more precautious learn the perfect way of changing a new-born’s diaper.

Newborn Diaper Changing Tips

  • Baby wipes may be used whenever you change a diaper, but they're especially handy when the diaper is messy.

  • If you wish, apply ointment or petroleum jelly to help prevent diaper rash before you put on a clean diaper.

  • Wrap the clean diaper around your baby firmly and fasten the tabs in front.

  • If your baby's skin is red around the diaper's waist when you change it, it's either fastened too tightly or your baby is ready for the next size up.

If you start to experience frequent leaks, it may be time to move up to the next nappy size.

Umbilical Cord Care Procedure

  • Take care of your baby's umbilical cord stump until it falls off on its own (usually 10 days to three weeks after your baby's birth).

  • Wiping the umbilical stump with a clean, baby wipe at every diaper change is usually sufficient, but check with your healthcare provider if they recommend anything else. Know more about umbilical cord care.

  • Pay special attention to the area at the base of the cord, nearest to the belly button. Wipe gently but thoroughly to clean out any moist debris that may have collected there.

  • Be sure to allow air to reach the umbilical cord stump – use a notched diaper (or fold down the edge of a regular nappy) and avoid tight clothing around your baby's stomach.

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