A guideline for the use of Chlorhexidine for newborn umbilical cord care in Kenya

This guideline is for the use of 7.1% Chlorhexidine digluconate, which delivers 4% Chlorhexidine for newborn umbilical cord care, and guides application of Chlorhexidine both at health facilities and at home. It should be used by doctors, clinical officers, midwives, nurses, and other health care workers who are responsible for the delivery and care of newborns. The guideline also provides instructions to community health volunteers, mothers, and other newborn caregivers for the use of Chlorhexidine at
home. In addition, it is useful for teaching those in medical-training institutions. It provides step-by-step instructions for the application of Chlorhexidine to the umbilical cord immediately after delivery and in the immediate postnatal period.