The Comparison of Four Different Regimens Used for Neonatal Umbilical Cord Care
Keywords:Newborn, Umblical cord care, Omphalitis
OBJECTIVE: There is no consensus on the regimens used for umbilical cord care. The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of different regimens used for umbilical cord care.
STUDY DESIGN: Dry cord care, alcohol, povidone-iodine, or eosine were applied to 173 healthy fullterm neonates. Periumbilical swab samples were taken on the first, third and the tenth days after delivery. Chi square and frequency analysis were applied.
RESULTS: There was no difference between the effectiveness of the four different regimens. The differences between the groups for percentage of colonization and the colonized species, and the separation times of umbilical cord were not significant.
CONCLUSIONS: Dry care is a suitable method for umbilical cord care as antimicrobial agents have no superiority in healthy fullterm babies.
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