A few more minutes of maternal attachment may reduce anemia in children

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A study conducted at the University of Granada recommends clamping two minutes after delivery instead of 20 seconds, as it is usually done. The study analyzed the umbilical cords of 151 newborn babies from full-term pregnancies.

[email protected] DIGITAL In the past, the newborns' umbilical cord was not clamped right after birth, thus allowing the blood flow to stop naturally. This practice, known as "late clamping", was replaced by "early clamping", that is, cutting the cord immediately after the infant is expelled. However, this new practice lacks studies corroborating its benefits. In fact, recent studies on the importance of when clamping should be done have shown contradictory results.

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A doctoral thesis carried out at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Granada by Catalina de Paco Matallana shows that the clamping of the umbilical cord of newborns from full-term pregnancies (that is, infants born after a nine-month pregnancy) two minutes after the infant is expelled from the womb makes no difference to hematocrit or hemoglobin levels of the umbilical cord vein compared to clamping the cord within 20 seconds. Thus, the study shows that early clamping (which is widely performed) is not justified.

Analysis of 151 umbilical cords

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