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My father applied vaseline to my 6 day old baby boys belly button cord that hasn't fallen off yet. Is this safe ?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fine

This should not harm your baby.

In brief: Fine

This should not harm your baby.
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics

In brief: See below

Best to leave the cord area alone other than maybe once a day cleaning (along with the child) with soap and water only.
The cord actually needs some bacterial growth around it to cause a process called granulation to occur and constriction and separation of the cord stalk.

In brief: See below

Best to leave the cord area alone other than maybe once a day cleaning (along with the child) with soap and water only.
The cord actually needs some bacterial growth around it to cause a process called granulation to occur and constriction and separation of the cord stalk.
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Dr. Sireesha Vemuri
Family Medicine

In brief: Give a bath cord cl

Congratulations! you can start giving her a bath when you you want to.
It is controversial but you can use cotton swab dipped in alcohol around the umbilical stump or you can leave it to dry on its own. Use infant diapers with umbilical cord notch or fold the diaper to expose the stump.

In brief: Give a bath cord cl

Congratulations! you can start giving her a bath when you you want to.
It is controversial but you can use cotton swab dipped in alcohol around the umbilical stump or you can leave it to dry on its own. Use infant diapers with umbilical cord notch or fold the diaper to expose the stump.
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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine

In brief: Not a good idea.

The umbilical cord needs to dry in order to fall off - in general petroleum products form a barrier and inhibit the drying process.
Just leave the cord alone, wipe off the vaseline with some alcohol wipes and the cord will usually fall off by 10 days or so.

In brief: Not a good idea.

The umbilical cord needs to dry in order to fall off - in general petroleum products form a barrier and inhibit the drying process.
Just leave the cord alone, wipe off the vaseline with some alcohol wipes and the cord will usually fall off by 10 days or so.
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
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