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The baby navel cure. What you must not do


My mother told me that it was simple, but that I was in that period of life in which everything becomes a world for you. In the maternity, they explained to me how I should heal my baby's navel step by step, but noor they told me what I should never do. Coming home, right after giving birth, I felt like a novice at everything. It was like my first day of school for a new course, that of a new mother.

During those early days, my body was in chaos, my mind was somewhat clouded, and my emotions seemed to have gone on a roller coaster ride. As if that weren't enough, I had my baby, who was also adjusting to outside life and to his parents, whom he had just met. And all of a sudden there he was on the changing table with that clamp on the navel that had to heal every time I changed her diapers.

If the diaper changes, which I was not used to, already involved an exam that I had to present myself to several times a day, the navel cure, of course, was not a 'maria'.

When you become a mother, you notice a lot the changes between the customs of before and those of now. While mothers and grandmothers give us outdated advice with all their good intentions, gynecologists and pediatricians update us. So, for example, my mother told me that in his time navels were used, a bandage that was put on newborns in order to hold a cloth that covered the navel until it was dry.

It is now known that it is not very convenient because the tapes, whether made of paper cloth or anallergic, can cause skin lesions and the bandages press on the belly and are uncomfortable. For this same reason, it is not advisable to use girdles either. Contrary to what it may seem, they do not cure or facilitate the healing of navel hernias and can be uncomfortable for the baby and even cause vomiting or difficulty breathing.

Regarding the cure of the cord, it is not recommended to use cotton balls. It is preferable to dry with sterile gauze and leave the navel in the air, since covering it, you increase the humidity and the risk of infections. Another thing that should not be done is to leave the alcohol-soaked gauze on the navel for too long because it could irritate the area. And when it comes to antiseptics, those with color are not the best choice.

Mercurochrome, which is red, can cause eczema and iodine is not recommended for newborns and infants because it is absorbed through the skin and can cause alterations in the function of the thyroid gland. 70% alcohol and chlorhexidine are the most indicated antiseptics to heal the umbilical cord of the newborn.

Patience was my best ally when dealing with and healing with my baby's umbilical cord. It seemed that it would never fall, but one day it happened and you have to wait for it to come off itself. Pulling and tearing the umbilical cord, even if it seems that it is already dry, is not a recommended practice because it can cause bleeding.

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