Baby Guide, Care & Health

Umbilical care in newborn

Careful care for baby’s navel – For most parents, the umbilical cord of their newborn is associated with extraordinary feelings. After all, her otherwise intact baby seems particularly sensitive and vulnerable at this point. Mostly runs the healing process, however, entirely problem-free. However, to avoid inflammation, you should be aware of some basic things.

Immediately after birth, the midwife helps with the navel care

After capping the umbilical cord, your baby starts an independent life. In most cases, the midwife takes care of the umbilical during his first few hours of life. There are still different approaches today: some swear by first aid with antiseptic powder or Kendall Webcol (small, soaked with medical alcohol tissues).

Other midwives, in turn, clean the navel with the remaining umbilical rest exclusively with clear water. Then the umbilical region is carefully blotted or carefully dry-blown with warm air. An air-permeable compressor a special umbilical bandage prevents germs from reaching their baby’s most sensitive area.

Either still in the clinic, but at the latest after the arrival of your little family at home, you are finally alone responsible for the navel care. However, if questions arise, you may, of course, continue to trust your midwife.

Hygienic principles for a healthy navel

So that the diaper does not rub on the umbilical rest including clamp, you should always turn over the upper edge of the diaper a little. The navel is then free, and it also comes more air. As long as the umbilical region does not smell unpleasant and there is no redness indicating any inflammation, it is sufficient to look closely at the umbilical region and dab off any moisture with a clean cloth every time you change your diaper.

As banal as it sounds, please always wash your hands before touching your baby’s navel. Make sure that neither urine nor stool reaches the sensitive area. If there is a mishap during the navel care and the region is contaminated, the careful dabbing with a few recommended drops of Breast Milk or Calendula Essence, a homeopathic, anti-inflammatory tincture derived from marigolds.

The umbilical rest has fallen off!

Five to ten days after birth, the navel remains dry and looks black. Finally, he falls off on his own and leaves a small wound. Do not worry: the umbilical stump does not contain any nerves, so your baby will not feel any pain.

It is perfectly normal for the navel to smear a little more for a few days and to release small amounts of wound exudate. The fresh wound is best dabbed once a day with a cotton swab, which you previously soaked in boiled water, carefully. Then cover the umbilical region generously with a small pulp pad. Once nothing more wetting, the best navel care in sorgsamem clean with clear water, in Baden possibly with the addition of mild baby soap, followed by drying conscientious and lots of fresh air.

If her baby’s navel finally heals, you should continue to watch him well, and from time to time, preferably after a bath, gently spread your fingers a little too dry him well. So germs have little chance of settling in the first place.

An inflamed navel belongs in the hands of a doctor!

Inflammation of the navel is comparatively rare and is not necessarily due to insufficient navel care. Therefore, you should not be afraid to visit a doctor for the following problems:

  • Redness of the skin area around the navel
  • unpleasant smell
  • Leakage of blood or pus that goes beyond normal wetting
  • the navel has bulged (it could be an umbilical hernia )
  • unclear fever

Sometimes the parents also discover small, blue-red colored tumors on the navel of their child. This is usually a navel granuloma, which the pediatrician painlessly removed.

Attention! Please never scratch your nails with your fingernail, even if a little scab has formed! The utensils for the navel care include only water, soft swabs, non-fluffy pulp and soft lobules that can be washed after use at 90 degrees.

By the time your baby’s navel dries, falls off and heals, it sometimes looks a little “dirty.” This is completely normal. If you are unsure, ask your midwife or pediatrician to take a closer look.

According to World Health Organization research, only 0.5% to 1% of all newborns in Europe have problems healing their abdominal cords. The fear of many parents to do something wrong with the navel care is therefore completely unfounded. Careful care, compliance with hygienic principles and a little patience are much more helpful than nonstop fearful looking or even fumbling.


  • The umbilical cord usually falls between the fifth and tenth day. If you are worried that the navel is severely fluid or bleeding, show it to your midwife or the pediatrician.
  • A baby bath would be recommended only after the fall of the navel. The drier the navel, the faster it falls off. That’s why Baden likes to prolong the fall of the navel. 



  • Let your follow-up midwife explain your navel care – depending on the condition and appearance of the navel; she will then decide with you for an individual, right navel care.
  • In an unattractive navel boiled water is usually the miracle solution: less is more.
  • With a wet navel or a slight smell, I like to use a disinfectant finishing tincture.
  • Very well-proven in my work as Nachsorgehebamme is also the wrapping of the navel with curative wool. Healing wool promotes healing and protects baby’s tummy from pressure points through the firm navel.

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