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Save Babys Cord Blood
What are the differences between a public umbilical cord blood bank and a private umbilical cord blood bank?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. Also, the dried cord stump has no potential future medical use (banking cord blood is totally different process). ...Read more
Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go through the white blood count filtering process. Any explanations?
Comfort: With advances in technology your newborns cord blood can be stored as a hedge against future needs.Stem cells from the cord blood could be used in the future as part of a treatment for such devistating illnesses as leukemia.Future research may allow us to use them to help build spare parts. Some parents do for personal use.Some hospitals collect them for a stem cell bank that might help others. ...Read more
Screening/ Diagnosis: Screening tests take general populations (pregnant ) and selects sub groups that have a higher risk of a problem. The AFP test looks for a material that can show up in the blood & suggest a higher risk of a spina bifida. If the test shows a higher risk, a selective test, like high resolution ultrasound can be done to look for the spina bifida. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not.: Tissue banks will charge you money to store the cord blood cells of your baby. These cells include stem cells that could be used as a source for bone marrow transplant later in childhood, but often there are not enough cells to use for a full grown adult. Since childhood cancer or aplastic anemia is so rare, the vast majority of times the cost is not worth it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
35 weeks pregnant.U/S shows cord around baby's neck.OBGYN said baby is fine and doesn't seem too concerned.Could cord strangle the baby before birth?
Ultrasound: First question, why US at 35 weeks? Have there been problems with pregnancy? This is not uncommon and not real risk for child at this point. Not much room in there at this point to move around. At delivery very common to find cord around neck. Usually very easy to deal with. I would not worry. Hope this helps. Good luck with rest of pregnancy (the hard part now at this phase) and the deliver ...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
1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off.Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go thru the white blood count filter process. Any explanations? Could't find anything on google
Seems like we: Don't have the full story. All rbc products are leukoreduced (wbc removed). I cannot think of a rationale of why that would be a problem for a donor. See if you can get some specifics. ...Read more
Possibly: 2 vessel umbelical cord is interestingly related to renal abnormalities. one of the causes of persistant hypertension at an early age is involved with the renin angiotensin mechanism related to the vascular supply and integrety of the kidney ...Read more
My son needs paternity test 4 yrs 5mos postunmatched donor cord blood transplant? Thoughts? Buccal swab causing problems pediatric hemoc question
Non blood tissue: The unrelated donor stem cell transplant prevents the use of blood cells for paternity testing of the child. Next step is usually buccal swab, but you indicate there are problems with this. Final step is a skin biopsy, but this is invasive. I would question why a buccal smear could not be done, and would repeat buccal swab before moving on to skin biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer