Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Discharge from the Umbilical Cord Home Care

Home care for an umbilical cord infection includes:

  • Avoid tub baths until after the stump falls off.
  • Clean the area where the umbilicus joins the skin.
  • Clean the umbilical stump:
    • Clean 1-3 times a day
    • Apply rubbing alcohol, using an alcohol swab, cotton ball, or Q-tip
    • Dry the stump after cleaning
  • Keep the stump clean and dry.
  • Do not cover the umbilical stump with the diaper.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Discharge from the Umbilical Cord Warning Signs

Notify your doctor for umbilical cord infection and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Discharge from the Umbilical Cord References
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