Taking Care of the Umbilical Stump

Taking Care of the Umbilical Stump

The stump is basically an extension of the umbilical cord, which is clamped and cut close to the navel after baby is born. It normally dries and falls off on its own within two to three weeks. It heals much faster when exposed to air. Avoid moisture and keep it completely dry at all times. One way to clean the umbilical stump is by using a little alcohol on a cotton ball. You may notice a few drops of blood once the stump falls off, but there's no need to worry as healing happens on its own.