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View Poll Results: How did you care for baby's cord stump?
Clean and dry, fell off <3 days 9 90.00%
Clean and dry, fell off 4-7 days 38 100.00%
Clean and dry, fell off 8+ days 24 100.00%
Alcohol, fell off <3 days 1 10.00%
Alcohol, fell off 4-7 days 17 100.00%
Alcohol, fell off 8+ days 33 100.00%
Goldenseal, fell off <3 days 0 0%
Goldenseal, fell off 4-7 days 12 100.00%
Goldenseal, fell off 8+ days 4 40.00%
Other (Lotus birth, etc.) 8 80.00%
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#1 of 30 Old 05-01-2003, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How did you care for baby's cord?



I'm curious, this time we did no cord care except keeping it clean and dry and it fell off at 5 days old. One of my midwife's clients used goldenseal on her baby's cord and it fell off at 3 days. Dd's cord took much longer (7-10 days I think), but we did alcohol at every diaper change. What's your experience?

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Well, I said clean and dry and 3 days, but I did cheat and use witch hazel.
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I voted clean and dry, but we didn't even keep them that dry- they both had at least one bath (in the big tub with me) before it fell off and got all wet. Those little babies like to float!

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We cleaned ours with alcohol and I think it fell off a little over a week after he was born, but we didn't clean it after every diaper change. I think I used the alcohol about 2-3 times/day. I've heard that if you keep it meticulously clean, it takes even longer to fall off. Goldenseal is supposed to work well, but we were afraid to use it. DH is severely allergic to ragweed and chamomile, and I'm afraid that he may be allergic to goldenseal as well since it's also gold.
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Goldenseal a few times a day and it fell off at 4 days. Same with DS.

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I can't really participate in the poll because we didn't care for it the same way all the time. Sometimes we cleaned it with alcohol and sometimes we just cleaned it with a wet wash cloth. Her's didn't fall for about 4 weeks!! They didn't do a good job of getting the whole stump with the inky looking stuff in the hospital.
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DD # 1 we used alcohol a couple of times a day and her cord fell off after a month!!!! No idea why, just took a LOOONG time! So far we have been leaving DD #2 cord alone and it is still there, but just barely..... She'll be 3 weeks on Monday.
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We did clean and dry with a little bit of calendula oil once in awhile when it looked like it might have gotten bumped and it fell off no problem within 3 1/2 days
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We also used callendula and did not keep dry as dd and I bathed together twice a day in an herbal bath - hers fell off in 5 days. With my boys I used the "tried and true" alcohol and keeping dry and theirs took 10 days.

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My first child's fell off in three days. We kept it clean and dry.
My second's cord fell off in one week. We didn't use anything on it, either.
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We used a mixture of goldenseal and some type of graperoot that my midwife gave us. It fell off in 5 days. My midwife told us that it usually takes longer with alcohol because the alcohol acts as a preservative.

My mom did the alcohol thing when my sister was born and her stump was still there when she went in for her two month checkup!
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I voted alcohol, but we didn't use alcohol at every diaper change, only about once or twice a day. Both kids lost theirs at about 3 weeks or so. I always wondered if that had anything to do with the fact they were 5 weeks early. Probably just a coincidence.

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Actually, the reason alcohol takes longer is because it tears down all the new tissue that is created as a part of the healing process. Anyone with piercings can tell you that alcohol is a big no no because when it tears down the new tissue the tissue rebuilds slower and bigger, causing keloids or a buildup of scar tissue. The reason many babies today are seen for a dime sized circle of scar tissue that protrudes from the umbilicus once the cord has fallen off is the recommendation of the use of alcohol. I mean really, what do they think cave mommies used?
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With dd, I did a little clean & dry & a little alcohol...fell off right at her 1 mo. bday!!! I was really beginning to wonder!!!!!

With ds, I used alcohol & it fell off in a little more than a week.

Can't wait to see that belly button, Michelle!

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Can't wait to see that belly button, Michelle!
We can't wait to see you guys either! I might brave the drive to playgroup this week just because Elana has cabin fever and is going nuts!
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I used goldenseal with baby #1 and it fell off within 1-2 weeks. It was a little "yucky" when it came off and I do remember using a little alcohol the day it came off. Baby #2 the hospital actually told me not to use alcohol, to just keep it dry and clean of course because recent studies showed that alcohol was getting into the bloodstream - I would think you would have to really soak it. I was shocked that the hospital actually told me not to do anything. Don't they usually want to intervene with everything?? So with her I did nothing and it came off at about the same time 1-2 weeks.
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we did nothing special...didn't even clean it specifically (did what the hospital told us to do)...

I think that 8+ is normal. Ours fell off at 12 days.
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veganmamma: I had no idea alcohol was so bad!! I'll never do that again!

What is Lotus birth?
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:LOL I found out by being pierced and tattooed!
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veganmamma: I had no idea alcohol was so bad!! I'll never do that again!

What is Lotus birth?
http://www.pregnancy.com.au/Lotus_birth.htm
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I advise my clients to just keep it clean and relatively dry (I still say it's ok to bathe the little ones here and there while it's still attached!).

I don't use goldenseal any longer because 1) It's a nearly extinct plant. Oregon Grape Root is a wonderful substitute, but 2) any sort of powder has the risk of being inhaled by the little ones

I think that unless it's getting infected, leaving it alone is the best course. Since advising the nothing on it advice, most stumps fall off within the first 7 days.
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I voted "clean and dry" with Mary-Grace and hers fell off at about 4 days.

With Maddie, DD#1, I used alcohol and it took almost a whole month to fall off.

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Our midwife advised us not to put alcohol on it, to just leave it alone.

On the 4th night we noticed it was hanging by a thread.

We woke up on the 5th day and it came off in his clothes when he was getting his diaper changed.
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We kept it clean and dry, and DS's was still hanging in there at his one-month checkup. The PA looked at it and had the DR come in and look at it and we all decided to go ahead and use * something* (I can't remember - maybe silver nitrate? or is that what they used to put in eyes?) anyway, it was a neat thing to watch. The PA got out this container of what looked like Q-tips and ran one around the outer part of the bellybutton, and the Q-tip thingy got moist and we could see it leaving a trail of dark stuff on his cord.

They told us if it hadn't fallen off in a couple weeks, to come back, but it fell off the next day.

Dang!! Now that's going to bother me! Anyone know what that Q-tip thing was? She told me, but apparently my pregnancy brain is continuing for 2 + months post partum. :

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the first couple of days we would clean it once in a while, but our midwives then advised us to just leave it alone. about two weeks later i was putting a onesie on ds and when i pulled it down over the front of him some how i snagged the cord clamp and pulled it off!!!!! (man, i get chilled when i think back on it ). ds didn't seem to mind in the lease; he is now 5 months old and has a beautiful belly button.
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ivoted other, b/c at first we used alcohol, and it didnt do anything
but make the cord stump gummy (ew) so i used peroxide on a q-tip, which helped tons. dd's never technically "fell off" it just kinda hung there for a MONTH till i had to cut of the slimy hangy bit, and then swab out her belly button with peroxide until the last bits came off. ew.

did anyone keep the stump? i did. even though it was kinda gross. :

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i voted goldenseal, 8+ days

but I also used echinacea tincture, a drop here and there. this was at the recommendation of my direct entry midwife. Also I didn't do it the first 4 days cause I was in the hospital after a c/s.

I also did bathe with my baby at 1 week and noticed that seemed to speed it along.

He's 5 months and I like his inny.
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#1 and 33 were about 8-10 days,

number 2 was 32 freaking days. we did everything to try and get hers off. It just wouldn't budge and it was just long enough to be really irritating.

I kept the stumps and wish I had kept the whole cord.

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My first child's stump fell of after SIX weeks!! I think that's the record on this thread. This new baby's stump fell off at 6 days. I was pretty negligent on cleaning this one. Sometimes it got alcohol once a day, sometimes a homeade baby wipe sometimes a wet washcloth. I don't think I ever did any of those things more than once a day!
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