What is an umbilical stump? To answer this question, we need to first understand what an umbilical cord is. It is the cord which connects the baby in the womb to its mother. It runs from an opening in the baby’s stomach to the placenta in the womb & is about 50 cm in length. It carries blood, oxygen & nutrients from the mother to the baby. There are two arteries present in the cord which carry waste products back to the placenta. When the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is snipped off with a cut close to the baby’s belly. What remains of the umbilical cord from the baby’s stomach is the umbilical stump. Read this article to find out how to take care of an umbilical stump.
1.Give sponge bathAvoid giving tub bath till the umbilical stump hasn't dried and fallen off.
2. Keep cleankeep the area around the umbilical stump clean and dry always. This prevents infection.
3.DiapersIf your baby is wearing a diaper, then ensure that the diaper does not touch or graze the area around the stump.
4.Loose fitting clothesMake your baby wear loose fitting t-shirts and onesies which allows sufficient air circulation for the area to dry.
Don't pullDon't touch or pull the stump. Have patience, within 6 weeks it will fall off on its own. </br>What to do when the stump falls off Once the umbilical stump is completely dry it will fall off by itself. Continue to keep the area clean and dry. This is where your baby’s belly button will form. However, you may notice some of these things: