Friday, November 18, 2011

3-Minute Wait to Clamp Umbilical Cord Reduces Anemia in babies

Full Story: Yahoo 18 Nov

A new study suggests that doctors should wait a few minutes after birth before clamping the umbilical cord to reduce a baby's risk of anemia.

Waiting at least three minutes to clamp the cords of healthy newborns improved their iron levels at 4 months of age, and reduced the baby's risk of developing iron deficiency. Before clamping, blood within the cord and in the placenta flows into the baby; clamping cuts off this flow, reports Yahoo. 

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