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AP Mom to 5
These other fine women have covered cord tying and cutting, just want to mention 'cordstump treatment': NOTHING is best to put on the cord stump, in my experience.
Just let it have air, let it dry out thoroughly. Best not to get it wet in the first couple days, and be sure diaper is folded back away from it.
Cords that have stuff put on them--no matter what you put on them--tend to take longer to dry out and fall off. Not all of them, no--but every client who has called me to say 'baby's cord stump still hasn't fallen off (at a week or even 2wks pp) and now it's getting stinky', are parents who put something on the cord (alcohol, goldenseal, breastmilk, peroxide...). Nature has designed the system well! What is supposed to happen is that the stump dries out naturally from exposure to air--which usually happens within a day or 2, and stump falls off in 3-5 days most often (sometimes a day or 2 longer).
save your goldenseal and anything else for use only if the cord stump shows signs of being stinky or oozy. Even then, best to wipe it down with breastmilk or plain water, let it dry well, then apply the goldenseal. Putting anything on the stump just interferes with natural events needlessly...it's an intervention Interventions are best used as needed, not sooner.
|Originally Posted by basje
fyi, if you're delaying clamping for an hour or so you don't really need to tie off as the blood will visibly drained and the purpose of tying is to cut off the blood so it doesn't leak everywhere. The main thing is to boil your scissors ....
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
Not entirely true. We left ds3's cord until it was white & limp & cold & he still bled from the cord stump until we quickly got a tie on it. I was told by someone on here that very rarely, it takes the baby's system longer to switch over to completely to normal circulation. I'd never go without tying off the cord before cutting again. It was incredibly terrifying seeing that blood coming out despite the amount of time we waited (at least an hour, probably closer to 2)