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Umbilical cord care varies often reflecting community or health-worker beliefs. We undertook a review of current evidence on topical umbilical cord care. Study quality was assessed using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation system, and a meta-analysis was conducted for comparable trials. Available moderate-quality to high-quality evidence indicate that cord cleansing with 4% chlorhexidine may reduce the risk of neonatal mortality and sepsis (omphalitis) in low-resource settings.

Original publication

DOI

10.1097/INF.0b013e3182783dc3

Type

Journal article

Journal

Pediatr Infect Dis J

Publication Date

01/2013

Volume

32

Pages

78 - 83

Keywords

Administration, Topical, Anti-Infective Agents, Local, Chlorhexidine, Global Health, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Newborn, Diseases, Postnatal Care, Umbilical Cord