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  1. Liu, Mei-Fang RN
  2. Lee, Tzu-Ying RN
  3. Kuo, Ying-Ling RN
  4. Lien, Man-Chen BS


This study compares the effectiveness of alcohol, natural drying, and salicylic sugar powder on umbilical separation time of the neonate in our high-humidity region. From September 2007 to May 2008, a total of 143 neonates in a community hospital were divided into 3 groups according to their birth month in sequence. Each umbilical care regimen was randomly assigned to a 3-month period. Data on occurrence of omphalitis and cord separation time were collected by telephone follow-up until stump separation. The salicylic sugar powder group had the lowest rates of colonization and shortest cord separation time compared with the natural drying and alcohol groups. No omphalitis developed in any of the 3 groups. Natural drying and salicylic sugar powder are safe and effective ways to care for the umbilical cord stump in high-humidity regions. Nursing professionals should consider choosing a more effective umbilical care regimen and provide mothers with thorough instruction.