Do not routinely prescribe antiseptic medication in the umbilical cord care

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Other health practices

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Dry care and parents hand hygiene are enough to prevent omphalitis in developed countries.
Antiseptic swabbing of the stump is not supported by evidence and is not justified by time and costs needed.


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2. Umbilical cord care in the newborn infant. Stewart D, Benitz W; Committee on fetus and newborn. Pediatrics. 2016 Sep;138(3):e20162149.
3. Umbilical cord separation time, predictors and healing complications in newborns with dry care. Lopez_Medina MD, Lopez-Araque AB, Linares-Abad M, Lopez-Medina IM. PLoS One. 2020 Jan 10;15(1):e0227209.
4. The use of Alcohol versus Dry Care for Umbilical Cord in Newborns: A systematicReview an Meta-analysis of Randomized and non-randomized Studies. Al-Shehri H. Cureus. 2019 Jul 8;11(7):e5103.



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