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Does it matter how long the umbilical cord on a new born is attached before it is cut off ? Are there pros to having it stay on longer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Stay longer except

In general it is better to let it stay longer to allow the blood to return to the fetus, except if the baby has heart defect or low apgar score that needs resuscitation.

In brief: Stay longer except

In general it is better to let it stay longer to allow the blood to return to the fetus, except if the baby has heart defect or low apgar score that needs resuscitation.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Every choice has pbs

There may be some benefit in a short delay in cutting the cord.
Yet there can also be problems if that is carried too far. Returning blood cells from the placenta does boost their iron stores and delay a natural anemia that comes with rapid growth.However, if too many cells are returned to baby, it can thicken the blood to the point of risk.Kidney damage or stroke is a rare but real risk.

In brief: Every choice has pbs

There may be some benefit in a short delay in cutting the cord.
Yet there can also be problems if that is carried too far. Returning blood cells from the placenta does boost their iron stores and delay a natural anemia that comes with rapid growth.However, if too many cells are returned to baby, it can thicken the blood to the point of risk.Kidney damage or stroke is a rare but real risk.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Big debate, one side

There is a vigorous debate going on right now over this very question.
Typically, the cord is being cut immediately after delivery. However, there is a growing argument that cutting the cord should be delayed. The reason for this is that the cord continues to pulsate for several minutes after delivery, pumping baby's blood from the placenta back into its body. Early cutting can lead to anemia.

In brief: Big debate, one side

There is a vigorous debate going on right now over this very question.
Typically, the cord is being cut immediately after delivery. However, there is a growing argument that cutting the cord should be delayed. The reason for this is that the cord continues to pulsate for several minutes after delivery, pumping baby's blood from the placenta back into its body. Early cutting can lead to anemia.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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David Miller
Not really. Babies are naturally polycythemic to help them absorb oxygen better. If you think about it, cutting cords is a fairly recent thing in human development. People had "delayed" cord cutting for thousands of years before docs came on the scene and started cutting them early.
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