A clamp is placed on the umbilical cord before it is cut. The clamp can be removed when the cord has dried, usually before your baby leaves the hospital.

The cord begins to dry and shrink. The color changes from pale to dark brown and it may look like a scab. The cord falls off by itself in about two to three weeks.

Because the umbilical cord may be a place for infection to enter your baby's body, it is important to care for it properly.