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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Premature Delivery
Cord seperation: if cord persists after 3 weeks baby should be evaluated for immune defficiency,specially leucocyte adhesion deffects ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
How long does it take tramadol not to show up in the umbilical cord? My friend has been taking them her whole pregancy.. 8 days away from delivery.
Ashamed?: If she is not ashamed to take tramadol (I assume without a doctors recommended) then why stop now and try to hide her tramadol use? 8 days away and with 9 months of use her baby, umbilical cord iare pretty well saturated. Unfortunately her sense of conscience is only hitting her now. Chronic use of tramadol can lead to withdraw symptoms of the baby. Her baby's doc needs to know for baby care ...Read more
Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?
Only 30 ???: I am reluctant to accept the initial statement as realistic. Once a cord begins to prolapse it can produce an intermittent but complete obstruction to blood flow that may add up to a significant o2 deficit over time.I'm not sure anyone can estimate the insult accurately.If only 30, probably no long term effect. If low 1/5/10 min apgars and seizures in the 1st 24hr,it was longer and more problemat ...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
Not at all: Umbilical cords do not have nerves.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: The umbilical cord does not hurt when it is clamped and cut. It has no nerves. ...Read more
About 1 month: Usually newborn urine or meconium is tested not the umbilical cord. Different drugs stay in the system for different amounts of time and detection will vary. Remember that it is crucial you tell your doctor about any drug use. This is about keeping your baby safe not avoiding getting caught. The doctors can best care for your baby is they know the truth. Be open and honest and keep your baby safe. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: However, the umbilical cord and placenta are important cues to fetal health and usually undergoes a pathologic examination and visual inspection by the delivering obstetrician. There are important cues to potential need for newborn studies based on examination and i would encourage you not to have it immediately put into medical waste. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Active baby: Cord wraps are common & thought to arise commonly around 12 -15 weeks when there is more fluid to baby volume & the baby can turn & wrap themselves.It is often harmless and first known when a baby starts having problems in labor.It may lead to a c-section. I've seen as many as 5 neck wraps and 3 true knots in the cord in babies that delivered okay & grew up to be normal. ...Read more
My sister thinks I should keep my baby's umbilical cord stump for our baby album. Isn't that overdoing it?
Some people do: Once the cord stump dries up and falls off, it's harmless and some people do keep it for a memento. What to keep in a baby box or album is a very personal decision, and also varies with culture. If keeping the cord stump grosses you out, maybe you'd feel more comfortable with hospital id bands or other non-organic keepsakes. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a newborn; her umbilical cord is smelling, the outside looks burnt, but the inside looks fresh and shows when she cries. What could be wrong?
Smelly cord: If the cord is smelly take your child to the pediatrician or the ER. The cord may be infected and you child needs to be treated ...Read more
Maybe public banks: Umbilical cord banking became more popular as stem cell transplants became more common for cancer and related conditions. While public banking may have value, the utility of private cord banks is questionable, due to cost, long-term viability concerns, insufficient quantities for individual use, and risks of using one's own cells. Most experts and medical societies recommend against private banks. ...Read more
Belly button: The belly button represents the remnant of the blood vessels that attached the fetus to the mother as its source of nourishment. ...Read more
Not at all: There is nothing to worry about because of the baby's umbilical cord near the face. That is normal, the cord is usually free to float about in the amniotic fluid, so if you looked again later the cord would likely have moved to another area. It poses no risk to the baby. ...Read more
C- section delivery: When recognized, one member of the staff will be positioned beneath the patient with a hand pushing up on the head of the baby to keep it from compressing the cord. The rest of the team readies the patient for an emergency c-section. ...Read more
Depends: Infants usually do not react adversely to mismatched blood immediately. How did the infant get this mismatched cord blood? In some countries where there is no immediate source of blood, there is something called 'walking donor'-which has saved many a life. While I am not concerned, the blood bank can tell you prior to the next transfusion if there are any antibodies produced from such a case. ...Read more
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