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Cutting the Umbilical Cord
Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Soon after a baby is born, two clamps are placed on the umbilical cord, and the cord is cut between the clamps. The clamp on the cord's stump is removed within 24 hours after birth. The stump should be kept clean and dry. Doctors no longer recommend applying alcohol or other antiseptic solutions to the stump. The stump falls off on its own in a week or two.

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Initial Care of the Newborn