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IJHSR. 2015; 5(2): 381-386

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping: A Boon for an Infant.

Amruta Yadavrao Patil, Alka B. Patil.

Delayed cord clamping (Clamping of umbilical cord after cessation of cord pulsations) is proved to be effective in increasing neonatal blood volume thereby, iron status and prevents infant anemia in term infants. It improves hemodynamic stability, reduces incidence of intraventricular hemorrhage, late onset sepsis in very low birth weight babies. Also, protects infants in malaria-endemic area. A brief delay in clamping the umbilical cord results in a placental transfusion that supplies the infant with millions of stem cells. Delayed cord clamping reduces the blood lead concentration in lead exposed infants. The following article shows evidence based benefits of delayed cord clamping to the newborn, and during its journey till infancy. It is the simple, cost-free, and effective intervention, and is a great privilege for infant.

Key words: delayed cord clamping, infant anemia, intraventricular hemorrhage, late onset sepsis, stem cell, blood lead concentration

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