I don't recall my other girls cords having this much of a problem.
mama to two amazing children son 10/27/07 and daughter 07/07/11
I used some umm gosh I forget the name of it... some sort of herbal antibacterial powder that I was given for it. It stains but worked wonders. DD's fell off at about a week (a little early, it got caught on something), and then was bleeding/scabbing off and on for about a week. So at about 2 weeks or so it was gone and healed and perfect. Wish I could recall what that powder was. I have used it with both of my daughters and its made an obvious visual difference in how well they've healed and stayed dry.
I gave DD her first sponge bath at about 3-4 days PP (she was born at home so that really was her first) and then the next at about 2 weeks. We dont bathe her unless her hair gets oily, which is a bout every week to week and a half so far. (she has a lot of dark brown straight hair)
Oh, when they get smelly, it usually means they're about to come off. That's what happened with both of my older boys. Freaked me out a bit, but off they came with no issues!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
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Christine, mom to C(7.5) - E(5) - J(3) - B(10 mos)
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that's exactly our story too, though it bled a little bit. it still has a little crustiness of blood, our pediatrician said we could just leave it and it should stop soon. our mw said it would be better to leave it than keep cleaning off the dried blood. it's pretty minimal.
The midwife I talked to said that alcohol was bad and that it was an old practice. wierd how they all have their own ways I guess.
we were told not to touch it. and only give sponge baths till it fell off. Then the nurse asked how I was going to bathe him. I was like "umm sponge bath. isn't that what you just said?"
He's only gotten 3 baths, the first b/c he had dried stuff in his hair from birth, the other 2 b/c he peed on himself and his mama score so far : me 5 times dh none:
i just had him wear onsies so it wouldn't rub against anything and it fell off at 17 days.
I read in Dr Sears Baby book that an inie or outie is determined by how it heals. You Learn something new everyday.