What are the umbilical cord care regimens for the treatment of omphalitis?

Updated: May 20, 2019
  • Author: Patrick G Gallagher, MD; Chief Editor: Santina A Zanelli, MD  more...
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Several effective umbilical cord care regimens are available, including the following:

  • Triple dye applied once daily until cord separation

  • Triple dye applied once, then alcohol applied daily until cord separation

  • Triple dye applied once, then no further antimicrobial treatment

  • Povidone-iodine, silver sulfadiazine, or bacitracin ointment applied daily until cord separation

  • Chlorhexidine 4% applied once, with no further antimicrobial treatment

  • Chlorhexidine 4% applied daily until cord separation

  • Salicylic sugar powder (97% powdered sugar, 3% salicylic acid) applied daily until cord separation


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