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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Cord Blood Collection (Overview)

Most hospitals routinely collect cord blood for testing at birth, since it is relatively convenient and the only time possible to collect such blood. Besides cord blood testing, cord blood can be used to treat certain types of bone marrow-related cancers. Some parents may choose to save (bank) their child's cord blood for this and other, future medical purposes. Cord blood banking for personal use is done by private companies, which charge for the service. Cord blood can also be donated to your local blood bank for use by others as needed to treat leukemia and other cancers.


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Why do we need to store cord blood?

Why do we need to store cord blood?

For a future illness: Cord blood has stem cells that could be used to re-establish the blood forming capability of a child who lost that ability when high dose drugs were used to treat a cancer or leukemia. Future research may allow us to use stem cells to form new body parts. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
3 doctors shared insights

Cord Blood Collection (Overview)

Most hospitals routinely collect cord blood for testing at birth, since it is relatively convenient and the only time possible to collect such blood. Besides cord blood testing, cord blood can be used to treat certain types of bone marrow-related cancers. Some parents may choose to save (bank) their child's cord blood for this and other, future medical purposes. Cord blood banking for personal use is done by private companies, which charge for the service. Cord blood can also be donated to your local blood bank for use by others as needed to treat leukemia and other cancers.


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How could my child use his cord blood?

How could my child use his cord blood?

Illness in self/sib: Banking cord blood is becoming widely advertised. Currently cord blood can be stored and used to treat about 100 rare illnesses in the donor or a brother or sister. We do not know all the ways cord blood will be used in the future, if at all. The cost of collection and storage vs the unknown future potential need to be evaluated by each family. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Should I collect and store my baby's cord blood?

Should I collect and store my baby's cord blood?

Cord blood banking: Cord blood contains stem cells which can be useful for transplantation into the infant or fully matched family member in the event of certain illnesses, mostly uncommon ones. The process is quite expensive and controversial. Benefit may be present if a known family member has a history of one of the diseases for which stem cell transplant is a possibility. The AAP maintains a cautious stance. ...Read more

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What is cord blood banking?

What is cord blood banking?

Saving cord blood: After the delivery of the baby and the cord is clamped and cut, there is residual blood left in the placenta and cord. This blood is full of stem cells which we use to treat certain diseases. We collect this blood and the bank separates out the stem cells and keeps them in case you or your family needs them later. There is also public banking that saves the cells for anyone who needs them. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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Why would I bank the cord blood?

Why would I bank the cord blood?

New treatments! : You may want to consider banking your baby's cord blood on the chance that it may be used later to treat a variety of illnesses your child may get. Some are extremely rare cancers like neutoblastoma. Others are fairly common autoimmune disorders like type one diabetes. Banking may not be cost effective for populations, but potentially life altering for a child. ...Read more

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Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

No: You should donate your baby's blood to help everyone, not waste your money by banking it only for yourself. Details: http://pediatricinsider.Wordpress.Com/2009/02/01/cord-blood-donate-it-don%e2%80%99t-bank-it/. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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How can I bank my baby's cord blood?

How can I bank my baby's cord blood?

Talk to nursery: Banking cord blood should be arranged before or at your admission to your birthing center. Asking for information from your ob, pediatrician, or birthing center. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Cord Blood (Definition)

Blood from the umbilical cord contains stem cells that can be used for blood ...Read more