05 August, 2020

5 easy tips for caring your newborns’ umbilical cord

Umbilical cord is the little hanging pipe that you see on your baby’s belly after birth. This umbilical cord is originally 50 coms long and connects both the mother and child when the baby is inside. This long organ is generally grown to nourish your baby with food, oxygen, and everything else.

After birth, the cord is cut close to the baby’s body as they are fully grown. This little lump looks like a small rope in purplish color and will fall off itself after a few weeks.

However, when still attached to the baby, it can actively spread infections to your newborn and hence require your care and attention till it falls off. Here are 5 easy tips you can follow while caring for your newborn’s umbilical cord.

  1. Keep it clean and dry all the time 

     This little slump needs to be clean and dry all the time. Moisture around it attracts the bacteria and causes irritation to the tender skin around it. Hence ensure you clean the cord

    separately soon after the bath to ensure the cleansing.

  2. Do not stamp it under the nappies  

    Stamping it under the nappies will not expose it to air and attracts the wet from the nappies. Thus, you should always place the nappies below the cord and let the free air circulate around it.

  3. Use cotton balls dipped in cold boiled water 

    Using direct water for washing off the sticky wet surface of your baby’s umbilical cord might not be a good idea. Instead, use cotton balls, or soft clean towel dipped in cold boiled water to clean it. Rub the surface area with the cotton cloth or ball and dry it instantly.

  4. Pick the loose-fitting clothes

    Choose free airflow clothes for your newborns. This is to avoid the stumping of the baby’s outfits against the slump. There are unique clothes that create space around the cord. You can pick these up for a few sets of days.

  5. Resist yourself from pulling it off

    The most common mistake most of the parents do is removing the umbilical cord with pressure. Resist the urge to do so. Always allow the cord to fall off itself, even if it is the final string being hanged along.

The umbilical cord usually falls off within a fortnight. Regardless, it can even stay until 2 months. Irrespective of the time it takes to fall off, the care taken during its presence must not be altered. After the fall off, a small wound is left, which is healed within a few days, finally forming a belly button for your baby!


*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before making any decision.


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12 May, 2020

Measures taken to create COVID free treatment environment for your pregnancy

The outbreak of Coronavirus has disrupted our lifestyle in every manner. Its wrath is no less for pregnant women, and they are also placed in the vulnerable group by the Chief Medical officer in case of immunity. This announcement indicates the extra measures and cares to be taken for them. Nonetheless, with the situation around, pregnancy care has to be continued for the healthy growth of the baby. Antenatal and postnatal appointments cannot be postponed or canceled due to this pandemic. Yet, back in mind, every one of us is scared about contracting the virus when stepped out. KIMS Cuddles, understand the situation, and know at best about your concerns. Hence, we have come up with one of its kind for a screening facility. This facility checks patients and attendants in the gateway, away from the crucial blocks, before they enter into the hospital. The COVID-19 screening (also called Thermal screening) center is designed with complete attention to “safety.” We strongly believe that medical fraternity should never be a cause in transmitting the virus. And every single measure is taken accordingly to provide a virus-free environment for treating pregnant women. What measures are taken inside a thermal screening center? The vital motive behind the set up is to create the safest possible zone for women while entering into the hospital.
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15 November, 2020

Know everything about Still Births, precautions and care

Stillbirth is the sudden death of a growing fetus in the womb after week 20 of the mother’s pregnancy. The reasons go unexplained for almost one-third of the cases. However, the other two-third may be caused by problems with the placenta or umbilical cord, high blood pressure, infections, congenital disabilities, or poor lifestyle choices.Rarely, the baby may die during the time of labour. Although prenatal care of pregnancy has considerably improved over the years, the reality is stillbirths still happen and often go unexplained. As per the National Health Policy, IMR of the country was 33 per 1,000 births and is highest when compared to other nations.  What Needs To Be Done?  The causes of stillbirths are, at times unknown. A stillbirth occurs in families irrespective of ethnicities, races, and to the women of all ages. But there are necessities that a woman can do before and during pregnancy to lower the risk of infant loss: Monitor the baby’s pattern of movements. These movements help us recognise if they become unwell, indeed. Active or passive smoking has a tremendous effect on stillbirths. Quitting or tarrying away from the smoke during the first trimester itself has shown promising improvements in pregnancy care.  Always prefer to sleep on side during the third trimester of pregnancy. This includes, day time naps and
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15 February, 2021

Identifying newborns with heart defects- are we doing better?

Congenital heart disease (CHD) or heart defects present from birth, is the most common type of birth defect, with an overall prevalence of approximately  1 percent. Critical CHD, defined as requiring surgery or catheter-based intervention in the first year of life, accounts for approximately 25 percent of CHD. Infants with critical CHD may present during the birth hospitalization, often with serious and life-threatening clinical findings that require immediate intervention. However, some infants with CHD may appear normal on routine examination and signs of critical CHD may not be apparent until after discharge. The timing of presentation varies with the underlying lesion.  Two tools have revolutionized the early detection of congenital heart defects – Fetal echocardiography and neonatal pulse oximetry screening. Clinicians skilled at fetal echocardiography are able to identify most critical congenital heart defects. Referrals for fetal echocardiography are typically prompted by the presence of risk factors or suspicion on obstetrical ultrasounds, typically performed in the second trimester.  The second tool – universal newborn screening with pulse oximetry improves the identification of patients with critical CHD compared with physical examination alone. Prior to the routine use of pulse oximetry screening, approximately 30 percent of patients with critical CHD were discharged from the birth hospitalization undiagnosed. The next important question is what happens after diagnosis? Procedures done through cardiac catheterization —
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