The umbilical cord is a very important tethering between a mother and their unborn baby. It is through this baby cord that nutrients, Oxygen, and other life support substances are transferred from the mother to the baby until they are born. At which point it is standard procedure to cut the cord, maybe after collecting stem cell rich blood from it, and sealing it off. This resembles the first day that the baby will exist as an individual entity. It is a very exciting moment and also terrifying for most new parents since the umbilical cord stump will still be there for a few weeks.
It is totally normal to be scared of touching the cord, everyone knows not to mess with the cord. Many years of recorded births, even yours, assure us that the baby cord will dry off and fall if we just wait and treat it with care.However, along with that much history to learn from, there also are times that tell us what not to do. You might want to avoid the following mistakes for the safety and health of your newborn child.
1. Pulling on the baby cord.
As the days pile on, taking care of the umbilical stump could get tiring, especially for new parents. After twenty-one days of listening to a new language (crying), it is easy to think that the baby is in pain from the stump and attempt to pull it off. Avoid this at all cost. Watch for other young children who might get over excited and pull on the cord.
Even though the baby would not feel any pain from the pulling of the cord because there are no nerves in it, thankfully, severing the tie too early could leave an open wound and make the baby vulnerable to infections. In the case that someone has already pulled the baby cord off, consult with a doctor as quickly as possible for an assessment and possibly so that they can help prevent the child from falling seriously ill after the unfortunate events. It could come across as obvious to you, but if you sat at the hospital and recorded incidents around baby umbilical cord stumps, you’d have a hard time lifting your jaw back up after some shocking cases play out.
2. Cutting the umbilical cord too quickly.
While most doctors would create a sense of urgency around the cutting of the umbilical cord as soon as the baby pops out, in reality, there really is no need to rush. As a matter of fact, the cord still moves blood between mother and child even two minutes after successful delivery, and cutting it in a haste could cause severe bleeding. Make it a habit communicating clearly with the midwife, and other staff present during the birth of your loved ones not to carry the momentum gained from the pushing and huffing into the cutting phase of the baby cord.
Among the reasons that should motivate you from early and mistake prone cutting of the cord are the facts discovered by repetitive studies. Cutting the umbilical cord later than two minutes, or after it has stopped pumping blood and nutrients between connected mother and child makes sure the baby receives more oxygen than their new functioning lungs can absorb in their first moments outside of the womb. Along with oxygen, iron and stem cells are sent to the baby to prepare them for a life of growth and boundless health.
3. Too much dip bathing for the newborn.
When only new to the world, your baby will start sweating and other waste removal processes consistent with being human, and with that comes the need to keep them clean. While you take baths to get clean, you baby could get just as clean through less immersive methods. Always opt for soft cloth wipes to clean your baby instead of dipping them in water. The baby cord falls when it gets dry, and two baths a day soaked in water will not help that mission.
Exposing the umbilical cord stump to too much moisture is not a good idea. Along with moisture comes infections and reduced space to dry. Sometimes even the warm urine captured in their diapers could reach the connection point. When this happens, do not panic, instead look for diapers that allow the cord to dry by leaving an opening on the fold for the cord to dry quicker.
Losing a baby due to cord stump infections is among the nightmares every new mother is prone to having, however, there are things you can do to make sure your baby lives a long and healthy life beyond the three weeks it could take for the stump to fall. These are just a few of the mistakes people have made, and to an extent threatened their newborn child’s health, following simple steps taking care of your baby help you, even when you are having to do everything on your own.