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I would like to use calendula for DS's cord care when he arrives (in a few short weeks!) Do I just use calendula essential oil? Or calendula ointment (saw it on Hyland's product list)?<br><br>
Help me out on what to buy and where to buy it!<br><br>
Thanks, ladies,
 

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I don't know if there is such a thing as calendula EO, but in any case, I wouldn't put it undiluted EO on a babe. Don't put oil on it either. You want the stump to air out and dry, not be smothered in wetness. I cleaned my ds's with rubbing alchohol and put a couple drops of echinacea tincture on it. You can also use powdered rosemary, if you want to get fancier. Save the calendula oil, which is a miracle-worker on cuts, rashes, etc., for your baby's bottom and body cream. I was told in prenatal classes to not bother putting ANYTHING on the stump, and nurses at the hospital told me the same thing. That didn't work for ds, as it just got red and goopy. So the above worked well for us. Have a beautiful, strong birth!
 

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you don't need to put anything on the cord at all. With both of my DDs, I didn't use anything at all on the cord, and the stump fell off around 4 days after birth- right around the time the meconium stopped and the 1 package of newborn sposies was used up! I used a little alcohol on the spot once, maybe twice, after the cord fell off.<br><br>
DS was in a hospital after his birth, and the NICU nurses used alcohol on the cord stump at every diaper change (as they had been taught to do and never questioned.) When they "let" me change his diapers, I didn't use the alcohol on the stump. His cord stump fell off when he was a week old.<br><br>
In talking to a friend about cord care, she told me that she used alcohol at every single diaper change and the cord didn't fall off until 3 weeks. She also had the cord cut before it stopped pulsating, so I'm not sure if that affected anything or not.
 

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Don't put anything on it! I'm speaking from experience here. The hospital put the triple dye on it right after birth and told me to do the alcohol. I faithfully rubbed alcohol on it every day until I finally realized that it was preserving the stump! The cord stayed on for 19 days!!! As soon as I figured out not to use alcohol, it fell off two days later.<br><br>
All the mamas in my ddc who didn't put anything on it said it fell off within the first week. I guess I'll know for next time!
 

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I should clarify that I was using the alc and echinacea AFTER the cord fell off, which was in a few days. After that, I cleaned accumulated goop around the site with a q-tip, and used ech when there was any redness.
 

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my personal philosophy on cord care: if the cord was meant to have stuff put on it, wouldn't the baby be born with a little package of stuff to put on it?<br><br>
in other words, you might consider not putting anything extra on it at all. just wipe it with some water on a cotton swab if it gets gunky and stinky.<br><br>
warmly,<br>
claudia
 

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I second what most of the mamas said. We didn't put anything on our daughter's cord, and when it get a bit *gunky* we just swabbed it gently with a bit of water on a q-tip to clean it. Her cord fell off in about 5,6 days and she has a pefect lil belly button...<br><br>
I wouldn't do a thing with it mama! Congrats on your (almost) new arrival!
 

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speaking of cute belly buttons, after our son's cord stump fell off at age 8 days old, we noticed his belly button seams are in the shape of a boat anchor. i thought that was highly appropriate given that his daddy was an avid sailor when he was a kid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
~claudia
 
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