Nicki Hickman 16/11/2011 20:31:09 0 Replies 12 Views

New research submitted to the BMJ (British Medical Journal) has suggested that hospitals should delay clamping the cord of newborn babies to help reduce the risk baby developing iron deficiency anaemia.

Currently there are no official guidelines in the UK on when the cord should be clamped, however, following a recent survey the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) confirmed that; "Immediate cord clamping became routine practice without rigorous evaluation."

Researchers say that by simply waiting three minutes after birth before clamping the umbilical cord can help to boost a newborn's blood volume by up to a third; giving the babies that best start in life by maximising the blood and iron stores they receive from their mother's placenta.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

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