Q.How long will my newborn have his umbilical-cord stump, and how should I care for it?
A. Expect your newborn's umbilical cord to begin to shrivel up like a raisin within a week of birth and fall off one to five weeks after that. To help speed up the healing process and prevent infection:
Fortunately, a stump rarely becomes infected, but if it does, you'll notice swelling, pus, redness, and a strong odor around the navel. Your pediatrician can treat the area with a silver nitrate antiseptic solution, which will help dry it out.
Once your little one's belly button heals, it may have a brownish pigmentation inside. However, this is perfectly normal and has nothing to do with how it was cut or cared for.