Specialists indicate that delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord of the baby will bring benefits to the health of the baby, because through this it receives a large amount of blood and, thanks to this, the newborn gets larger amount of iron, which prevent future diseases such as anemia; the specialists added that in addition to reduces in 50% the risk of stroke in the young.
“Wait 30 to 60 seconds, before cutting the umbilical cord, especially benefits the preterm babies”, says the doctor José Guerra, of the department of obstetrics and gynecology of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California.
The researchers from the University of Uppsala, Sweden also attest to this information, who argue that postponing the cutting of the umbilical cord allows you to continue the passage of blood from the placenta to the newborn.
“During the delay of the pinching, the child receives half a cup of extra blood, which contains a lot of iron and can prevent its deficencia, in particular between 4 and 6 months of life”, said the specialist Ola Andersson, consultant of pediatrics and neonatology and a principal investigator of the study of the Swedish institution.
A study published in 2015 by the journal Pediatrics, reviewed the effects of the delay in the cutting of the umbilical cord in preterm infants: “there is increasing evidence that children born term and preterm, benefit from receiving more blood from the placenta at birth.”
Benefits of delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord
- The baby manages to get more blood from the placenta which increases the levels of iron.
- Increases the volume of blood of the child up to a third.
- Improving the development of the brain and the mind.
- Their lungs receive more blood.
- Long-term improvement in their intelligence, motor skills and social skills, communication and behavior.
- Prevents infections during the first months of life.
Currently it is continue to doing the research to support this practice in infants born at term. Specialists are motivated to follow through on the positive and negative effects of delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord in the babies and make this procedure is vital in the birth of the future.Read also: Relate smoking during pregnancy with behavioral problems in children