Motherhood began when your little one started growing in your womb. You were helping your little one receive nutrition and oxygen from the placenta through the umbilical cord. This wonderful pipe connects your little one at their abdomen and later forms the belly button. Your baby has a wonderful connection with you and it only deepens every passing second.
What you need to know
Post delivery, the placenta detaches and the umbilical cord is clipped and clamped. This is an absolutely painless process for your baby and the remnants of the cord are clipped close to your little one’s body forming the umbilical cord stump.
This piece of cord or the stump usually dries and falls off within 3 weeks. Your little one will not feel any pain and the stump will leave a small wound. This area should be taken care of and allowed to heal by keeping it dry.
Ensure that your baby’s diaper doesn’t rub on the wound or no one touches it. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment or powder for the stump to heal. Until the stump heals, don’t give your baby a bath with soap.