Baby Umbilical Cord Care
Your baby’s umbilical cord area should heal in about 7 to 10 days. Learn how to care for your newborn's umbilical cord to prevent infection until then.
Warning Signs of Umbilical Cord Infection
Signs of an umbilical cord infection may include if your baby’s umbilical cord stump:
- appears red or swollen in the surrounding area
- has a strong odor
- is streaked with red around the navel, or is discharging fluid
While it’s normal for a few drops of blood to appear when the stump separates, if you notice any of these signs of infection, call your baby’s pediatrician.