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Delaying clamping of umbilical cord may benefit child's health
Delaying clamping of umbilical cord may benefit child (July 11, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Australia - Delaying the clamping the umbilical cord after birth can help increase iron levels in the infant, according to a report published in the Cochrane Library. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 15 trials, comprised of nearly 4,000 women and their babies. They examined whether clamping the cord later would impact the outcomes of the mother and the baby. Results showed that delayed cord clamping had no effect on maternal outcomes, however, did raise iron levels in the babies. Children with delayed cord clamping were less likely to be iron-deficient up to 6 months after birth. As well, children with delayed cord clamping had higher birth weights.