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The increasing use of iodin suggested to me its application to the freshly severed umbilical cord. The tincture, as is well known, tends to form a dry iodin-impregnated scale or scab over any moist surface not giving off a purulent discharge, such as a clean varicose ulcer or a freshly sutured wound. The treatment to be described was tried on several infants with satisfactory results. In one case the cord was found mummified and separated on the fourth day, the granulated surface healed to a small dry scab within the same week. Others averaged ten days to two weeks for the entire process Iodism was not observed. The technic used is as follows:
As soon as the cord is cut and tied, blood and vernix caseosa are wiped off with a sterile pledget. The stump is then painted with the official tincture until deeply stained; especially the cut end, the ligature,
Lewis JS. TINCTURE OF IODIN FOR THE UMBILICAL CORD. JAMA. 1910;55(26):2232. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330260040015
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