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When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kathleen Forcier
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