Umbilical Cord Care Topic Guide
Umbilical Cord Care: The umbilical cord (or stump) is what is left of the umbilical cord after it is cut after delivery. Umbilical cord care includes keeping the stump as dry and clean until if falls off. Signs of complications are fever, omphalitis (infection), an umbilical granuloma, or persistent bleeding from the stump.
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Fever in Children Fever is defined as a rectal temperature over 100.4 F or 38 C. Fever isn't life-threatening unless it is persistently high -- greater than a 107 F rectal temperature. Fever is usually caused by an infection. Treatment focuses on controlling the temperature, preventing dehydration, and monitoring for serious illness.