Posted by Shana on August 23, 2003 at 20:09:08:
In Reply to: A couple of baby questions posted by Wendy on August 23, 2003 at 18:41:55:
: I am pregnant(my first), and due soon, so I was wondering about a few things. I thought this would be the place to post it since most of you seem to already have babies.
: 1)Umbillical cord- How exactly to you care for it and how long does it take to fall off? And, this may sound dumb, but do they leave that little clamp thing on there?
Congratulations and good luck to you!
1. My ds's cord was slow to fall off. So, it all depends on the child. They will usually give you alcohol swabs at the hospital to clean around it.
2. Mine was never circed so can't say (But I do recommend doing it, as we have had a lot of probs)
3. Do not bathe till the cord falls off... since I am a neat freak and very specific about cleanliness I sponge bathed my son daily. He also had reflux and spit up A LOT! Once it came to baths he hated them at first, but took time to get used it to it. Also be very careful with the soaps and bath products. My ds's skin was extra sensitive and I found they all made his skin breakout. We now use the Johnson and Johnson's baby bath bar and we can't use lotion... makes him sweat like a pig. LOL!
Again... good luck! I know you must be anxious!
: 2)Circumcision- I am having a boy and plan to get him circumsised, but I know NOTHING about it. Someone told me they put something plastic on there that falls off after a few days, but I never heard of this. Is it true? Also, what do you do to take care of it?
: 3)Baths- How long after baby is born do you bathe him/her? And how often do you bathe a baby(besides if get sick on himself or something, just typically).
: Thanks everyone in advance for any help. I know the people in the hospital will tell me these things, I would just like to know beforehand. Thanks! :)