Avoid touching it whenever possible. Use only water to keep your baby’s belly button area clean, except if the area gets wee or poo on it. If this happens, wash off the wee or poo using clean water and a pH-neutral cleanser.
How do you clean a newborn’s stomach?
Cleaning the belly button
Once the stump falls off, you can give your baby a proper bath. You don’t have to clean the belly button any more or less than the rest of baby’s body. You can use the corner of a washcloth to clean in the belly button, but you don’t need to use soap or to scrub too hard.
Consult your paediatrician if there is umbilical granuloma for he/she might prescribe Silver Nitrate to burn it off. Dry gently with a clean wash cloth/cotton buds after bathing your baby. Use cotton bud with cord spirit to clean off dirt or baby oil to soften it before cleaning off if it attaches firmly.
Simply clean the belly button area with soap and water when you bathe your baby. Your baby is probably getting real and regular baths now, so get a soft washcloth, a mild baby soap or cleanser, and a towel for drying. Fill the sink or baby tub with 2 to 3 inches of warm water.
Normal Navel Care:
- Keep the navel (belly button) clean and dry.
- If there are any secretions, clean them away. Use a wet cotton swab. Then, dry carefully.
- Do this gently to prevent any bleeding.
- Caution: Don’t use any rubbing alcohol. Reason: can interfere with healing.
How long will it take for the belly button to heal? After the stump falls off there will be a small wound. It may take between seven days and 10 days for the area to heal completely . You may see a little blood spot on your baby’s nappy.
How to identify an umbilical cord infection
- red, swollen, warm, or tender skin around the cord.
- pus (a yellow-greenish liquid) oozing from the skin around the cord.
- a bad smell coming from the cord.
- a fussy, uncomfortable, or very sleepy baby.
Use Shower Gel: It may not be good to clean the belly button with soap because the soap is hard in terms of its ingredients. Using a shower gel helps in this case. Using Hydrogen Peroxide: Equal quantities of hydrogen peroxide, water, and baby oil is the remedy to smelly belly button.
“After the cord falls off, the stump may be moist and have bit of bleeding around the edges,” says Gritchen. You can “simply wash with soap and water and pat dry,” she adds. After the belly button area is completely healed and dry, you can begin a normal bath rountine for your baby.
It’s normal for your baby’s belly button to have a little brown pigment inside it, even after the cord falls off completely. Umbilical cord stumps rarely become infected. However, if you notice swelling, pus, redness, or a strong odor around the navel, see your baby’s pediatrician.
How do you clean a smelly umbilical cord?
Wash your baby’s stump with plain water when you bath or sponge them. You don’t need to use any soap, creams or antiseptic ointment to keep it clean. Make sure the stump dries properly after your baby’s bath. Gently pat it dry with a towel or soft cloth.
Keep The Area Clean
Pediatricians used to recommend cleaning the base of the cord with rubbing alcohol. However, most now recommend leaving the stump completely alone because alcohol is believed to irritate the skin and sometimes delays healing.
When you change your baby’s diaper you should also check: The waist is snug with the diaper just under the belly button. The leg cuffs wrap neatly around your baby’s legs and bottom. After putting on the diaper, run your fingers around these edges to make sure the cuffs are pulled out.
Dip your finger or a soft washcloth in a solution of saltwater (about a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of warm water) and gently massage the inside of your navel. This should loosen stubborn germs that can cause odor. Then rinse with plain water and pat it dry.
How often do you bathe a newborn?
How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn baby a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out your baby’s skin.
Taking care of the stump
- Keep the stump dry. Parents were once instructed to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol after every diaper change. …
- Stick with sponge baths. While there’s no harm in getting the stump wet, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry.
- Let the stump fall off on its own.