How to Clean an Umbilical Cord Stump on a Newborn Baby

By Kimbry Parker
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When you bring home your new bundle of joy, you might be overwhelmed with all the care he requires. With the late-night feedings and hourly diaper changes, you might not be thinking much about cleaning the umbilical cord stump, but this dark-colored nub protruding from you baby’s little tummy requires special attention. Improper cleaning of the umbilical cord stump can lead to infection, so while you’re waiting the few weeks it usually takes for it to fall off, give baby’s belly button some TLC to keep him healthy.

Step 1

Fill a clean sink with warm water. Add a squirt of mild baby soap and mix it into the water.

Step 2

Dip a cotton swab into the soapy water. Squeeze the tip of the swab with your fingers to remove the excess water.

Step 3

Wipe the swab gently around the stump and the surrounding skin. Pat the area dry with a soft cloth.