The mothers should know that umbilical cord stump has to be left dry and NOTHING IS TO BE APPLIED on the stump. The diaper should never cover it and it has to be covered by loose cloth or left open. If by any reason it gets soiled then it has to be cleaned with soap and water and dried by a clean dry cloth.
Mothers should check for signs of infection like discharge from the umbiical cord and redness and report to the doctor if they see any changes in it.
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