Do you know how to take care of your baby's navel?
by: Dra. Francia Rocha Vasquez
The navel is what remains of that cord through which babies received their nourishment while in their mother's womb.
Some fathers cut it themselves at birth and some families keep it as a souvenir when it falls. For many families, "the fall of the umbilical cord" is a long-awaited event because it means that everything is going well with the baby.
But, for everything to go well, you must follow these recommendations:
- Keep the cord dry and uncovered.
- Do not apply anything to the cord.
- Do not apply weeds, mud or other substances.
- Don't bandage it, don't touch it.
- Dry clean as recommended by WHO.
Only soap and water while bathing and when finished, dry well and gently, if there is moisture bacteria can arrive.
If you notice that your baby's belly button is not well, that it is very red or inflamed, consult your pediatrician.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO).