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> The umbilical cord, to delay the cut is good for the child

In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal is confirmed to close the umbilical cord in delay may reduce the anemia, iron deficiency has been noted in infants.

In Europe between 3% and 7% of infants suffer from anemia, sideropenia, even if with a value of normal hemoglobin. These values are obviously much higher in the third world.

iron is essential for some aspects of brain development and there may be damage to cognitive development, hence the importance of studies that help to reduce iron deficiency has been noted in newborns.

The study is carried out in Sweden, (Andersson, Or, Hellstroem-Westas et al), four hundred infants born from pregnancies physiologic have been subjected to both treatments, the immediate closure of the cord (within ten seconds ) or delayed closing (within three minutes).

At the distance of four months from the birth those who had had the delayed closing showed concentrations of ferritin increased and a lower incidence of sideropenia (0,6%).

On the other hand, there were negative side effects such as polycythemia (too many red blood cells), respiratory symptoms (overload circulatory)  or hyperbilirubinemia (from the disposal of too many red blood cells).

In conclusion, the close late of the bead is preferred over that late, becauseé it is associated to better levels of iron which would give the best results for cognitive development.

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umbilical Cord: when to cut?

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29 January 2012