Triple dye plus rubbing alcohol versus triple dye alone for umbilical cord care

Alawia K. Suliman, Heidi Watts, Jessica Beiler, Tonya S. King, Sana Khan, Marybeth Carnuccio, Ian M. Paul

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Current practices for umbilical cord care vary across centers, but the evidence regarding these practices and their impact on cord separation, complications, and health care use are limited. The objective of this study was to compare the effect of triple dye alone (brilliant green, crystal violet, and proflavine hemisulfate) versus triple dye plus rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) twice daily on time to umbilical cord separation, complications, and health care use. For the 90 newborns who completed the study, there were no significant differences between treatment groups for time to cord separation, cord-related morbidities, or cord-related urgent care. Based on these study results, there does not appear to be significant benefit to the addition of twice daily applications of rubbing alcohol to neonatal umbilical cords following triple dye treatment after birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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