Delayed cord clamping protects newborn babies from iron deficiency

November 2011
Biomedical Market Newsletter;11/21/2011, Vol. 21, p658
The article presents a study which revealed that waiting for at least three minutes before clamping the umbilical cord in healthy newborns improves their iron levels at four months in Great Britain. It mentions that although delaying cord clamping is not linked with neonatal jaundice, iron deficiency anemia remain a major public health problem in young children worldwide. It states that for every 20 babies having delayed clamping, one case of iron deficiency would be prevented.


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