Is There Benefit to 3 Minute Delay in Umbilical Cord Clamping?
This study by Ashish et al (JAMA Pediatrics, 2017) sought to determine if delaying cord clamping to 3 minutes decreases the risk of anemia at 8 and 12 months of age.
Randomized Clinical Trial
In this study 540 infants either had their cords clamped after <60 seconds or after at least 180 seconds. At ages 8 and 12 months the babies had their blood sampled to test for levels of hemoglobin to assess the presence of anemia. Delaying cord clamping to >3 minutes decreased the prevalence of anemia at ages 8 and 12 months of age. The authors suggest that this approach may be especially important in low resource areas.
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