Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

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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My sister thinks I should keep my baby's umbilical cord stump for our baby album. Isn't that overdoing it?

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. If keeping the cord stump grosses you out, maybe you'd feel more comfortable with hospital id bands or other non-organic keepsakes. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. Read more...
Yes. I suggest the first lock of hair, a first outfit or some similar material. Saving dead tissue borders on being unsanitary and is a bit much.Most only go overboard for the first kid, buying a book but not filling it out for the second, and not buying the book for the third. It's silly but people do it. Read more...

When should the umbilical cord stump fall off? My baby is 15 days old and it's still firmly attached. I'm starting to worry it won't ever fall off.

Varies. It will fall off usually during the first month life. Frequent cleaning of the area with alcohol may extend the time the cord remains. Congrats on your new baby! Read more...

My newborn's umbilical cord stump just fell off. There is what looks like pus where the cord was. How should I treat this? Can I tub bathe her?

Rubbing alcohol. Gently wash the base with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Bathing is safe. If red lines come from belly button, see your doctor. Read more...
Umbilical stump. You can wash the cord area with soap and water during a tub bath and dry it up with a q-tip. You can also just wipe the umbilical stump with alcohol. Sometimes that area may not dry up quickly so your pediatrician may cauterize it with a silver nitrate stick. Read more...

Is it normal if umbilical cord stump bleeds?

No. You should contact your pediatrician. It could be that is no fully healed and it should be check. Read more...
Depends on situation. Since the umbilical stump is composed of arteries & a vein that fed baby during pregnancy, it acquired a significant size.As the cord stump dries & separates, there is often a bit of bleeding.Usually only enough to cover a few q-tips.Local care as you would a scratch is all that is needed unless the bleeding persists.Occasionally the pediatrician needs to cauterize a stubborn bleeder in the offic. Read more...

What to do about infected umbilical cord stump?

Call your doctor!!! This can be a life threatening infection called omphalitis so it is important to call you doctor right away. If you baby has fever and is less than a month, you should visit an Emergency Room experienced in the care of children. Read more...