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Navel care

Certainly, taking care of the remnants of your child's umbilical cord is one of the first things that worries you. But I assure you: with the following instructions you will quickly put aside the fear of cleaning and caring for the last remnants of your child's umbilical cord.

What types of navel care are there?

1. The natural navel care
Your child's umbilical cord will heal without any action. It is neither covered with a swab or bandage, nor disinfected or powdered. The secretions that can occur during the natural mummification of the rest of your baby's umbilical cord are removed with a cotton swab or paper towel and clean water.

2. The covering umbilical care
In this variant, the umbilical cord remnants will heal under your baby's diaper. You should wrap the increasingly hard "rest" with a compress or swab and fix it with a tubular bandage. It is important that the diaper is only closed loosely over it in order to avoid unnecessary pressure and thus injuries.

3. Open navel care (is generally recommended)
The navel heals open, i.e. above the diaper. This works best if the diaper is tucked in or out a little. With this variant, you can also wrap the umbilical cord with a compress / swab to avoid pressure points.

What can you use to care for the umbilical cord remnants?

There are several ways in which you can take care of your child's navel. Even among us midwives, there is no unanimous opinion on this subject. Every midwife handles navel care a little differently. It is best to choose the variant that suits you best from the following examples. However, it is always important that you clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water beforehand so that no germs can get into your child's sensitive navel area.


1. Cleansing with breast milk
When? 
If the navel heals normally or if the navel is “smeared”.

How is it used?   
Drizzle a few drops onto the base of the umbilicus several times a day.


2. Cleaning with sterile saline solution
When? 
If the navel heals normally or if the navel is “smeared”.

How is it used?   
The edges of the navel can be cleaned with a soaked cotton swab.


3. Cleansing with Wecesin powder
Wecesin powder has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, BUT not disinfecting. It has been shown to cause the remnants of the umbilical cord to fall off more quickly.

How is it used?  
Sprinkle a little powder on the "umbilical wound" once or several times a day. Powder residues and secretions should be removed beforehand with sterile table salt.
                                       


4. Cleansing with Calendula Essence
Calendula has a cleansing, nourishing effect and prevents inflammation. Alternatively, rose tea tree essence can also be used.

How is it used?   
Put a few drops of the essence on a cotton swab and apply around the navel in the base of the umbilicus. Alternatively, you can put a drop directly on the bottom of the navel.


5.Cleaning with alcohol (Octenisept wound disinfection)
When?                                
Alcohol can be used on an inflamed navel.
Octenisept has a drying effect and thus reduces the colonization of germs.

How is it used?  
Apply the liquid to a cotton swab and use it to remove the
Clean the bottom of the navel.

Danger! Octenisept can cause skin irritation around the navel


How long does it take for the remains of the umbilical cord to fall off in your child?

The loss of umbilical cord remnants in newborns is very individual. The time is usually between the 5th and 15th day. In rare cases, however, the umbilical cord remnant can take significantly longer, e.g. if your baby received antibiotic treatment after birth.

In the following example I have summarized for you how the process of umbilical healing can take place:

2 day: The rest of your baby's umbilical cord has dried up well. The umbilical clamp will then be removed in the puerperium.
4th day: The remnant of the umbilical cord has pulled itself slightly into the skin umbilicus. It may be that the bottom of the umbilicus is slightly wet.
6th day: The rest fell away. Please do not be alarmed if light spotting occurs. This can happen and is completely normal.
7-11 Day: You will notice small, brownish secretions on the outside of the navel several times.
12th day: Your child's navel has closed and there are no more secretions.

What can you use to care for the umbilical cord remnants?

There are several ways in which you can take care of your child's navel. Even among us midwives, there is no unanimous opinion on this subject. Every midwife handles navel care a little differently. It is best to choose the variant that suits you best from the following examples. However, it is always important that you clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water beforehand so that no germs can get into your child's sensitive navel area.


What can I do if my child's navel looks "greasy"?

In these cases, I first treat the umbilical base with table salt, Calendula Essence or Ocentisept, depending on how smeared the umbilicus / base already looks.

I put this on a cotton swab and first clean the bottom of the umbilicus thoroughly. Don't be afraid that this will hurt your baby. There are no nerves in the umbilical cord that could cause pain in your child.

Then I apply Wecesin powder around the navel in the base of the umbilicus. I recommend cleaning and powder application to be repeated daily.


If your child's navel does not look significantly better after 24 hours, if your child seems different or starts to develop symptoms, I recommend that you visit a pediatrician or go to a children's clinic immediately.
Symptoms can include fever or low temperature, apathetic appearance or if your child can hardly or not at all to wake up to meals.

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