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New Thinking On Cord Care

Now there's one less thing you need to worry about during those hazy, sleep-deprived first weeks home with your baby: umbilical-cord-stump care. According to the latest research, it makes absolutely no difference if you clean that icky little leftover at every diaper change or not, says Diane Bloomfield, M.D., a pediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City. There's no greater risk of infection if you just let the cord stump air-dry, and it's likely to fall off sooner too, she notes. While you're waiting for that big even

Now there's one less thing you need to worry about during those hazy, sleep-deprived first weeks home with your baby: umbilical-cord-stump care. According to the latest research, it makes absolutely no difference if you clean that icky little leftover at every diaper change or not, says Diane Bloomfield, M.D., a pediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City. There's no greater risk of infection if you just let the cord stump air-dry, and it's likely to fall off sooner too, she notes. While you're waiting for that big event, simply keep your baby's diaper folded down below the stump. If you notice any bleeding when the stump detaches, swab the area with a little alcohol or apply an antibiotic ointment. ??

 

Cord cuties?Headed for the delivery room soon? Ask your obstetrician if your hospital uses the Joey Clamp & Cutter Umbilical Safety System. These colorful and clever devices are fast, safe, and hygienic  -- not to mention pretty darn cute  -- so you may be able to persuade Dad to do the delivery-room honors.

t, simply keep your baby's diaper folded down below the stump. If you notice any bleeding when the stump detaches, swab the area with a little alcohol or apply an antibiotic ointment. Cord cuties Headed for the delivery room soon? Ask your obstetrician if your hospital uses the Joey Clamp & Cutter Umbilical Safety System. These colorful and clever devices are fast, safe, and hygienic -- not to mention pretty darn cute -- so you may be able to persuade Dad to do the delivery-room honors.

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