Although most umbilical cords fall off between 10 and 14 days of age, an occasional cord may stay 3 weeks. Cords can also hang by a strand of tissue for 2 or 3 days. Eventually, they all fall off by themselves, so be patient.
Continue what is called Dry Cord Care (natural drying). Check the skin around the base of the cord once a day. Clean away any dried secretions. Use a wet cotton swab or damp cloth. Then dry carefully.
You will need to push down on the skin around the cord to get at this area. You may also need to bend the cord a little to get underneath it.
Caution: don’t use any rubbing alcohol or other germ killer. Reason: dry cords fall off sooner. (Exception: instructed by your healthcare provider to use alcohol).
Also help the cord dry faster by keeping the diaper folded below it. If you are using disposable diapers, you can cut a wedge out of the diaper with scissors so the cord is not covered.
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