Delayed Cutting of Umbilical Cord Healthy for Newborn

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 17, 2014

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Healthy Child BirthA recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Granada and from the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital showed that postponing the cutting of umbilical cord of the newborns by two minutes can lead to a better development of the child during the first days of life.

The study which appeared in the journal Pediatrics suggests that the time to cut the umbilical cord, which is also known as umbilical cord clamping, has a direct influence on the resistance to oxidative stress in newborns.

In the result of this research it was found that there were beneficial effects of late clamping of the umbilical cord. It was seen that there was an increase in the antioxidant capacity of mature newborns and there was moderation of inflammatory effects in the case of induced delivery.

It was for the first time that the impact of the time taken to cut the umbilical cord on the oxidative stress and inflammatory signal produced during delivery in both mother and the newborn were compared.

Julio Jose Ochoa Herrera, the lead of the project concluded "our study demonstrates that late clamping of the umbilical cord has a beneficial effect upon the antioxidant capacity and reduces the inflammatory signal induced during labour, which could improve the development of the newborn during his or her first days of life".

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