It’s hard to tell new moms not to worry, but Melissa Gilbert says that you shouldn’t worry about the umbilical stump.
Melissa says, “The umbilical stump is really not that big of a deal. With my first baby, I was freaked out that it was some sort of a portal, so if there was an infection it would go right in. We would dangle the child over the sink and wash that way so we wouldn’t get it wet. I don’t know if anyone else goes through this — maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m nuts. It’s hard to tell a new mom to not worry. When my kids were born, I watched them breathe. It’s part of a mom’s job to worry.”