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A 27-year-old member asked:

why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when i lay down? could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Ultrasound may tell: Many women report increased fetal movement when they lie on their sides. We believe that is related to an increase in blood flow to the baby due to a change in the mother's position and activity. With regard to positioning and cord compression, it is typically the position of the fetus/cord in a uterus with a low amount of amniotic fluid that is occasionally associated with "issues" or problems.

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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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Where does the umbilical cord connect to inside a baby?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Blood vessels:: Umbilical artery carries depleted blood to the placenta, umbilical vein brings back nutrients and oxygen.
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).
A 46-year-old member asked:

What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Enjoy : There are some forms of treatment that can prolong cord stump attachment (triple dye).I use rubbing alcohol and expect stump separation in the first week.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

How soon after the umbilical cord falls off can u give the baby a bath?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
No problem: Immediately.

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