Just thought I'd share (about the umbilical cord)

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Just thought I'd share (about the umbilical cord)

I was lurking on the May board, and I thought I would share... someone mentioned that they are cleaning the umbilical cord with alcohol. - Just a word on the cord... With my first we used the alcohol pads (were told to use them) and that silly cord got all nasty and took forever to fall off (because it wouldn't dry up). When it did fall off it was bloody. When we had my second they said, they don't recommend using the alcohol anymore. Just leave the thing alone. The cord dried up, and fell off within 5 days!! No issues what so ever. We have not used alcohol since, and the cord has always dried up in about a weeks time and fallen off without issue (right around 1 week). So, I'm not sure what all is being recommended out there anymore, but I thought I would share what we do, as it seems to work well. Smile

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We are instructed to clean with warm water on a q-tip (wipe with wet, then with dry side). I'm pretty sure they don't recommend using alcohol here anymore either, but they used to.

10 days old and still waiting for it to come off! I've only cleaned it 3 times since he was born. It looks like it is loosening.

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We were told not to clean it or wet it at all. Dds came off in 4 days and emas in 13 days. Then I cleaned their belly buttons afterwards. No blood Smile

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I hate the stump, I mean hate it! DH cleans Jonah's once a day after his bath time. He still has his at 18 days old. He had his two week check today and she said it looks good and is drying up (I honestly hate to even look at it!). I cannot wait until it falls off!

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"Momma Leah" wrote:

I hate the stump, I mean hate it! DH cleans Jonah's once a day after his bath time. He still has his at 18 days old. He had his two week check today and she said it looks good and is drying up (I honestly hate to even look at it!). I cannot wait until it falls off!

LOL, too funny Leah! Smile

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Some of our pediatricians recommend to do it and others don't. With dd 1 we did nothing and it came off in 5 days. DS we didn't use it and it came off in about 1.5 weeks. This time we have used it maybe 3 times and Giavanna still has it at 10 days old today. Not sure if it makes a difference or not. But I don't like it being there either.

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The nurse told me to do the alcohol but it seemed like it made DS's stump more goozy, we are at Day 2.5 and her stump is already looking really dry and not goozy, so I am going to keep on not doing it.

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His cord finally came off! Lol he told us at his month appt to just leave it alone and like 2 days later it came off. Geez!

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We didn't use any alcohol. It fell off about day 10, but got bloody on day 13. Dr used silver nitrate? On it to seal it. It think the button on her pjs irritated it

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Ethan's is currently hanging by a thread of flesh. I tried giving it a little tug but I don't want to rip it off. It's strange - the whole stump is just dangling by this miniscule thread. I guess I'll just let it dangle....he sees the pedi tomorrow.

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We haven't ever done anything with the cord either...but we can't really bathe them until it falls off. Asher's is also hanging. He's 2 weeks tomorrow, so maybe it will fall off soon.

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Am I alone in that I don't bathe my infants for the first month anyway??? Unless they have a major spit up and it's in their hair and everything, I just don't see the point. I like their "newborn smell" and (oh what is that coating called???) the coating that they are born with is suppose to be good for them (as far as I've heard). Maddie did get in the bath with me just after birth, but I held her to my skin with pretty much just her legs and butt were in the water, and I splashed her a bit to get the blood off of her, and that was all. They don't do any kind of washing at the birth center. I know at the hospital it's standard procedure to wash their hair (at least I think it is... what was always done to my hospital babies). Anyway, am I the only one?

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It's just kind of fun to give them a bath. It's a rare event when they are so little. Vernix....isn't that what it is called?
Hospitals give baths...they don't want the germs of the vernix, so they bathe them. So Asher had a bath then, and we've kind of wiped him down a bit...he's shedding his skin, so I was trying to help it off.

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I don't bathe them until the cord falls off, and even then, only once or twice in the first month.

Emerson's thread broke! LOL. So he has a belly button now. Looks pretty good in there.

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

I don't bathe them until the cord falls off, and even then, only once or twice in the first month.

Emerson's thread broke! LOL. So he has a belly button now. Looks pretty good in there.

U mean Ethan's?

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BAH HA HA HA HA!!!!!

I can't even keep my own kids straight.

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Lol that's hilarious. But I call Lucas Noah sometimes too Blum 3

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Yep, I have a hard time remembering what to call my baby!! It's getting better each day though...

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My pediatrician says just leave it alone so that's what I've done with all three kids. DD's took about 2 1/2 weeks to fall off completely (it like half broke off but some remained for that long). Both boys lost theirs within the first week. No issues with any of them.

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We do bathe, although until the cord falls off it is more like a sponge bath! DH thinks it has to be done everyday. If it was up to me, I wouldn't do it near as often! He loves his "bath time" and is always so relaxed during that time.

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

We are instructed to clean with warm water on a q-tip (wipe with wet, then with dry side). I'm pretty sure they don't recommend using alcohol here anymore either, but they used to.

We were told the same thing. Must be Canada. Blum 3

We HAD to bath Marshall. He came out poopin'! He pooped everywhere...all over me, all over myself, my bed, probably doctors too. His hair was crusty with blood and so was his face. I was worried he had massive facial birth marks for a second. LOL. He looked like he was in quite the fight. He still has blood crusties in his hair. They didn't want to wash the part where the suction was because it looked sore.

Hubby keeps calling Marshall a she. He's so used to being around girls: his mom, his 3 older sisters, me, my mom, his daughters...he's often the only him around. Also, when he hears me say him or he about Marshall DH thinks i'm talking about him!

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We had the cord fall off earlier this evening, I noticed about ten minutes before hand it looked like it was barely hanging on. DS was so happy about it for some reason.

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I avoid the hospital bath and will probably only give one or two real baths this month. She does get wiped off, especially under her chin daily to clean up any spilled breast milk.

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I can't remember my instructions with either kid. It's been awhile!

I bathe my newborns a lot. Maybe it's just my kids but I swear my newborns are always just grubby and stinky. Smile

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Sandra: thanks for the laugh Wink I do it too. The best is when I call DS1 by the dog's name which happens more than you'd think because those two names tend to be the ones I say sternly most often so I guess they interchange easily.

Heather: both dh and i called my DS1 "she" randomly for the first month or two also just because we were only used to "she". Pretty funny.

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"PCCGirl813" wrote:

I can't remember my instructions with either kid. It's been awhile!

I bathe my newborns a lot. Maybe it's just my kids but I swear my newborns are always just grubby and stinky. Smile

Smile I'm actually kind of surprised that Maddie hasn't needed a bath yet with as hot as it's been (close to 100 here pretty much everyday for the last week). Usually in the summer they get all sweaty, but it must be that she has so little body fat still, that she's not having any issues yet. Thankfully, other then one projectile vomit shortly after my milk came in, she doesn't seem to be much of a spitter, so that's good!

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Thankfully, other then one projectile vomit shortly after my milk came in, she doesn't seem to be much of a spitter, so that's good!

That makes a huge difference! My DD wasn't a puker at all then DS1 was nonstop and had to be wiped off daily in his folds! Hudson only spits up small amounts when he does so I won't complain.

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I think it's our hubbies that our bath obsessed. I don't really think about it either, but DH is always the one to bring up the bath. He's had 3 so far (17 days old), and one wipe down with cloths. Today's was because he had a blow out poop. I had to shower between the poop and the spit up today as well.
Since we did the homebirth, he wasn't wiped or bathed right away. And yes, the vernix caseosa is GREAT for their immune systems. That's why it's so silly that the hospitals try to wipe it all off.

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I'm not sure my overr-baked had much vernix left at all!

My DD had reflux. The puking everywhere got old fast. Sad

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I wish DS2's stump would fall off! it got moist from a leaky diaper yesterday so what was hard already was then soft. The dr told us to wipe with alcohol. I hadnt been doing it because of the posts here... it seemed like doing nothing was a better choice. but I did today becasue its getting smelly from being moist I guess? I can't remember how long it took for DS1's to fall off....