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.
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.
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.
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.
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.