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Delayed Cord Clamping Helps Infants

Friday, 07 April 2006 12:00 AM

Waiting 30 to 45 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord appears to benefit low birth weight infants by allowing them to acquirer more placental blood, according to a study from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

Dr. Judith Mercer and hear colleagues study involved 72 pregnant women who gave birth to infants before the 32nd week of gestation. The women underwent either immediate cord clamping at 5 to 10 seconds after the birth, or delayed cord clamping 30 to 45 seconds after delivery.

The investigators found differences between the two groups in rates of brain bleeds in the babies, and in their risk of late-onset infections.

Two of the 23 male infants in the delayed-clamping group had intraventricular hemorrhage compared to 8 of the 19 in the immediate-clamping group. No case of dangerous infections occurred among the first group, whereas 6 cases occurred among the others.

The researchers say the delayed clamping strategy is a simple way to improve outcomes of very preterm infants. The study appears in the journal Pediatrics.

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