Being a new mom is so exciting. Whether it is something that has been planned or is something that became a part of your life, it is very exciting. There are some things, though, that many new moms have not been told. There are so many times when you hear, “how come no one said anything, I had no idea this could happen.” It is truer than ever because people feel like certain topics are not their place to talk about, or they do not want to scare new moms. For instance, how many people like talking about the belly button phase with a newborn? Don’t know what I am talking about?
This is the phase that last about 10 days that a newborn still has part of the umbilical cord attached to their belly. There are certain things that you need to do in order to care for the navel area. Such as, do not allow it to get wet, swab rubbing alcohol around the belly button to dry it out, and do not try to take it off yourself. By trying to rush the processing of the belly button coming off, you can actually create a condition called distended belly button. It basically means swelling and discomfort, but does need medical attention to make sure there are not internal issues. The baby’s belly button is still attached to the inside of their belly and the falling off of the belly button marks that severance. Remember, that connection is how the baby survived for months while in utero. In fact, when babies are born with health issues that are significant in nature, doctors can use the umbilical cord as a portal for life support for a baby. There have been cases where doctors actually kept a baby on umbilical life support, for up to a month, while they recovered from a heart surgery, or development delay; this is seen mostly with premies.