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A 37-year-old member asked:

Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Some people do: Once the cord stump dries up and falls off, it's harmless and some people do keep it for a memento. What to keep in a baby box or album is a very personal decision, and also varies with culture. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. Also, the dried cord stump has no potential future medical use (banking cord blood is totally different process).

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How do you handle the umbilical cord stump?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Keep clean: Clean it gently every time you change the diaper, & keep it dry. Eventually it will dry up & fall off.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How do I clean my baby's umbilical cord?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
You don't have to: There's nothing you have to do to your baby's umbilical cord except keep it dry. People used to clean it with alcohol or betadine but it's best just left alone. Until it falls off you should not bathe your baby; you can give him a sponge bath but keep the umbilical stump dry. It'll fall off on its own at around 2 weeks. Then you can give him a bath.

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