Parenting

How to care for your newborn’s umbilical cord and when it should fall off

Belly buttons are like opinions – everyone has one! Belly buttons are the scar we are all left with after birth from the umbilical cord (the nutrient and oxygen lifeline inside the womb).

As the umbilical cord is no longer needed after your newborn enters the world, it is cut and clamped and a small 2cm part remains behind.

Your midwife should put a plastic or cotton tie around the leftover stump until it naturally drops off.

Here’s what you need to know about you bub’s umbilical cord and how to care for it.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.