Umbilical Cord Care
In the womb, the umbilical cord connects the fetus to the mother. After birth, the cord is no longer needed. It is cut, then clamped. The stump of the cord usually dries and falls off the newborn in a 7-12 days or so.Sometimes the stump falls off before the first week. Other times, the stump may stay longer.You may notice a red, raw-looking spot right after the stump falls off. A small amount of fluid sometimes tinged with blood may ooze out of the navel area. It is normal for this to last up to 2 weeks after the stump falls off. If it doesn’t heal or dry completely within 2 weeks, call your doctor.