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Care of the Navel

The stump of the umbilical cord attached to your baby's navel should fall off in one to three weeks. Fold the front of the diaper below the navel so it won't cause irritation.

Use a soft cloth to clean around the cord during the baby's bath and as needed during diaper changes. No special care is necessary.

If the area around the cord becomes red, if pus develops, or if you notice a strong, foul odor, call the physician. When the cord falls off, you may see a small amount of blood or discharge from the navel. This is no cause for alarm.