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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jan;32(1):78-83. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182783dc3.

Topical umbilical cord care for prevention of infection and neonatal mortality.

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Division of Paediatrics, Ministry of Medical Services, Afya House, Nairobi, Kenya. jkarumbi@nairobi.kemri-wellcome.org

Abstract

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.

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PMID:
23076382
PMCID:
PMC3785148
DOI:
10.1097/INF.0b013e3182783dc3
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