Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Care Hub
Welcome to the chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care topic page. This page provides the latest news, resources, multimedia and blogs on the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care—a safe and effective intervention to prevent neonatal infection. This intervention is low cost and can be integrated into existing newborn care programs and platforms.
Browse the resource center on the right to find resources, guidelines, and tools aimed to support program managers, policymakers, and stakeholders in countries where early implementation of chlorhexidine is possible.
Cautionary note on proper use
As with all medications, care must be taken to ensure that the product is used appropriately. 7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate for umbilical cord care should be kept out of eyes and ears and should be applied only to the umbilical stump.
It has recently come to the attention of the global Chlorhexidine Working Group (CWG) that 7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate aqueous solution (liquid) for umbilical cord care was mistakenly applied to the eyes of at least five children in Nigeria, causing eye injury. Chlorhexidine has been in use for over 50 years and has a well–characterized safety profile when used as directed. The formulation of chlorhexidine digluconate used for cord care (7.1% w/v), when used as directed, is effective in preventing neonatal sepsis due to bacterial exposure through the fresh umbilical stump. However, it can cause serious harm if applied to the eyes and should also not be put into the ear canal. It is important that persons and organizations responsible for chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care programs and for the distribution of the chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care product to caregivers ensure that instruction is provided on the appropriate use of the product, including appropriate warnings.
Chlorhexidine Working Group (CWG)
The Chlorhexidine Working Group (CWG) is an international collaboration of organizations committed to advancing the use of 7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate (delivering 4% chlorhexidine) for umbilical cord care through advocacy and technical assistance.
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