Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Omphalitis 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.

Omphalitis 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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