Stumped by the umbilical stump?

  • By Team TDO

After birth obviously the situation changes as now the baby shall receive its nourishment in the form of mother’s milk, so the umbilical cord has outlived its time and thus it’s time to say goodbye to it.

So what happens to the umbilical cord?

Soon after the child is born the umbilical cord is severed by clamping it close to the baby’s body and cutting off. This is a very normal procedure at childbirth. The only evidence of this beautiful food exchange channel is a stump which usually dries up and falls off anytime within a week to a fortnight after delivery.


The place where the umbilical cord is severed leaves a small wound and heals normally. The only care that needs to be taken is to keep umbilical stump clean and dry to prevent infection. It is safe to get the stump wet during a bath.

Wash hands before handling the umbilical stump.

Let the stump come away naturally. Do not pull it out.

Keep it open and exposed to air. Clothing the baby over the stump may lead to complications and risk of infection.