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When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
2 weeks: Your baby's umbilical cord will fall off on its own when he's around 10-14 days old. There's nothing you need to do to it before it falls off except keep it dry. So sponge baths only while it's still attached and you can finally get him in the bath after it falls off.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off.Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol.

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What should I do if the umbilical cord doesn't fall off?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Unclear: Are you asking about what to do if the umbilical stump doesn't separate? If so, it should fall off by 30 days. Delayed separation of the cord can be helped with medication from your doctor if that is a problem.

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