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Should you do anything to help your baby's cord fall off?

The simple answer is not really! Your baby’s umbilical cord stump should dry up and drop off between five and 15 days old on its own.

A few things to bear in mind:

  • Allow air to reach the cord so it can dry out.
  • Keep the cord dry by giving baby a bath with a flannel and avoiding submersion.
  • Be careful when you’re changing your baby and tuck the top of the nappy over so it doesn’t rub against the stump.
  • Watch out for signs of infection, including if the cord stump is swollen, red or weepy

The main thing is to avoid the urge to put anything on it or pull it off (as tempting as it is!), as this can cause infection.