CHLORHEXIDINE 7.1% dermal gel

Therapeutic action

– Antiseptic


– Antisepsis of umbilical cord

Forms and strengths

– 7.1 % chlorhexidine digluconate dermal gel, delivering 4% chlorhexidine, in 3 g sachet and 20 g tube

Dosage and duration

– One application of 3 g of gel to the umbilical cord stump immediately after cutting the cord or during the first post-natal visit within the first 7 days of life if the neonate was born at home
– In settings where traditional unhygienic practices are common: one application daily for the first 7 days of life

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Do not bring into contact with body cavities, eyes (risk of corneal damage), brain and meninges, middle ear (risk of deafness if ear drum is perforated).
– Do not use with soap or a different type of antiseptic, e.g. povidone iodine (incompatibility).
– May cause: skin and mucous membrane irritation; rarely allergic reactions.
– Avoid applications to mucous membranes, especially to genital mucous membranes.


  Storage: below 25 °C -