Top 20 Doctor insights on: C section complications delayed umbilical cord clamping
Dr said umbilical cord is wrapped around baby's neck. I'm 37 weeks. Dr doesn't seem concerned but I am very worried. Should I request for a c section?
Cord seperation: If cord persists after 3 weeks baby should be evaluated for immune defficiency, specially leucocyte adhesion deffects ...Read more
Would it be safe for me to have a vbac? I had a c-section a year ago on march 3, 2011 do to umbilical cord being wrapped around my childs neck. I'm currently expecting once again; im 30 weeks pregnant at this point. I want to try having a vbac but I'm wor
Many patients have vbac's all the time. If your doctor feels you are a candidate at this point then I see no reason why you should not try. You will be monitored very closely, and any sign of fetal or maternal distress/complication, the trial of vbac will be stopped and a c-section will be done. This decision is between you and your doctor. If you are scared or do not feel comfortable then take this into consideration when making your decision.
Best of luck. ...Read more
My boyfriend & I have sickle cell anemia, our son will also inherit the disease. Should we wait until umbilical cord stops pulsating before clamping?
Doesn't matter: Sickle cell disease will affect his blood cells over time as they sickle with dehydration and illness, or as they live a shorter duration in the body. Generally there aren't any symptoms at birth, and nothing having to do with the cord will make a difference. In actuality, his fetal hemoglobin will be more protective from sickle cell, and treatments now focus on keeping fetal hemoglobin around. ...Read more
Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this? dangers?
Maybe, maybenot: The idea is there is baby blood in the placenta & it is a good source of iron. Babies don't make much new blood in the first months so their level starts out higher than adults to begin with & normally falls as baby grows. The problem with this move is you can let too much blood go across & babies blood will be too thick & could lead to kidney damage or stroke. I'd avoid it. ...Read more
Sweat, water, bites: Many of these act just like the skin folds of the body, trapping moisture and from bathing or sweat. Soaps can also be trapped. The salt in the sweat causes itching, the itching aggravates the issue by irritating or tearing skin cells, that are even more irritated by sweat. A good cleaning followed by alcohol will dry out the area. Bug bites also trigger this problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less used that fat: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more
Varies with location: These are collected at my local hospitals & stored in a cold facility for an extended period by the lab. The OB occasionally requests a pathologist examine the cord & or placenta for signs of breakdown or infection. If no issues have surfaced during the storage period they are destroyed. ...Read more
I don't look there: They would likely screen your urine as a preliminary act if they suspect you are using. However, we check the poop of the infant when it is going to be important. Babies start making and retaining poop by about 12 weeks into pregnancy and it will retain trace amounts of any drug baby is exposed to during the last several months of pregnancy. ...Read more
My baby had an umbilical cord that bled. When she was 6mon had blood in her stools that eventually went away. Now 17mon. Possible undiagnosed cond.?
Unrelated: There is no structure shared by the intestines and the belly button. These are two common events and their appearance doesn't mean anything too scary. ...Read more
Not where I look: If you are a suspected user in my state, I am required to investigate. Although blood and urine can show drug traces from recent use, the first stools are more revealing. The meconium, which begins to form after 12 weeks into the pregnancy will hold trace evidence of any drug exposure for months. You are better of never taking a hit, and or never coming under suspicion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not: Babies can benefit from returning placental blood to their body at birth. It helps build their iron stores. However, it can be overdone. A kid that receives too much can have thickened blood that does not flow easily in the capillaries and can plug up the kidneys or other organs. ...Read more
My son is 2 weeks old and his umbilical cord is half way off but his wound still looks fresh. I s this ok or should I call his doctor?
Totally normal: As the cord pulls away, it can be moist looking for a few days and even bleed a little bit - all normal. It will dry up within a few days. Notify doctor if pus drains from site or if redness around the actual belly button area, or if it smells really bad. If it's not drying up in a few days, may have a little bit left over called a granuloma - then doc might need to dry it up a bit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Umbilical cord stem cells can turn into muscle cells under test tube conditions, and in animal models of muscular dystrophy (md) have been shown to improve function, increase strength, and reduce the high levels of muscle enzymes seen in md patients. There have also been rare case reports of positive effects in young boys with md. Clinical trials are currently underway in china and india. ...Read more
Umbilical hernia: This sounds like a small umbilical hernia, which is a defect in the wall of the abdomen, which can allow your intestines to protrude. If there are no symptoms, and no great deformity, it may not be important. If there is pain, it can be very serious. Next time you see your doctor, point this out. ...Read more
If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?
My newborn's umbilical cord stump just fell off. There is what looks like pus where the cord was. How should I treat this? Can I tub bathe her?
Umbilical stump: You can wash the cord area with soap and water during a tub bath and dry it up with a q-tip. You can also just wipe the umbilical stump with alcohol. Sometimes that area may not dry up quickly so your pediatrician may cauterize it with a silver nitrate stick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer