According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020), over half of all babies in the United States are born prematurely. That is a lot of tiny humans who need extra care and attention! When a baby is born premature, it can be a rollercoaster of emotions. One might feel scared, worried, and even guilty.

The first few weeks and months of a baby’s life are the most important for their development. Neonatal health is a term used to describe the health of newborn babies up to 28 days old. During this time, babies are particularly vulnerable to health problems because their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Therefore, new parents must ensure their child’s health is top-notch.

There are many ways to take care of a newborn's umbilical cord but what is the right way to care for it without it getting infected. New mothers may not know the full care for the cord and only heard remedies from other mothers who had kids or from their family members.

Who could say they actually work and not affect the infant in the long run. It is important to know the medical way to care for the cord so the baby could prevent any blood clot or infection. When the baby is born, the cut of the umbilical cord matters because if it is cut in a short period of time then the extra blood will flow to the baby's circulation instead of being discarded with the cord and placenta.

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