Floss for umbilical cord?

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  1. MissMiniNubian

    MissMiniNubian Active Member

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    Jan 20, 2021
    Orange, California
    I read that some people use floss to tie off the umbilical cord. Is that recommended? I also know of one person who doesn’t do anything to it and just breaks it off a few inches from the body. I don’t want to use the clips because I thought they can maybe fall off or be uncomfortable. I also know that the mama should and usually takes care of the cord. Any advice?
     
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  2. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    I was taught in advanced first aid to never use floss on umbilical cords of any species. If a goat cord needs tied I use a shepherd's knot. If I were ever to have to deliver a human baby, I'd do the same thing.
     

  3. fivemoremiles

    fivemoremiles Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    western montana
    My wife uses floss i do not. we have had this discussion many times some of them have been heated.
    I am a naturalist and try to mimic nature, i trim and dip the cord and that is all i do. some times i don't get there tell late and don't even do that, Remember i have 300 ewes and 50 goats birthing all at the same time.
     
  4. MissMiniNubian

    MissMiniNubian Active Member

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    Jan 20, 2021
    Orange, California
    Good to know, thanks!
     
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  5. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    I also just dip the cord in iodine A couple times but I also dip the feet. Dental floss is too thin and can actually cut through the cord too close to the body if tied too high then you have a bigger problem with no way to repair it except sutures, at that point you’d need a vet.
     
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  6. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    Shepherd's knot

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  7. yankeedoodle

    yankeedoodle Active Member

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    Apr 12, 2018
    Fraser Valley,B.C.
    Never tied it or nothing. just dipped em in iodine and off to the races! Mind you, if it was summer and you were in a real hot area you might have to watch for fly strike.
     
  8. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    In 30 years I've had 3 or 4 kids born that bled badly when the cord broke. They just hadn't quite closed yet. This is where you use a knot, not every time for sure, just when necessary.
     
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  9. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Thanks for showing the knot..I've only had a couple bleeders. Baling twine dipped in iodine once and a hair clip the other!
     
  10. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    Please don't post in multiple areas, it gets confusing..... this is a kidding thread..... good luck with him
     
  11. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I have never had to tie a cord off. I had a few super thick and bleeding cords that I dipped every hour or so until it dried up. I like Goathikers knot idea better than floss or clips.
     
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