Delayed cord clamping means delaying the clamping of cord for 60 seconds at the time of birth. Its advantages are
In term infants delayed cord clamping increases haemoglobin level at birth and improves iron stores for several months of life which may have favourable effect on development outcomes.
In preterm infants it has significant benefits like improved transitional circulation, better establishment of red cell volume, decreased need of blood transfusion and lower incidence of Necrotising Enterocolitis and Intraventricular Hemorrhage.
The umbilical cord must be kept open and dry.
The nappy should be folded well below the umbilical stump.
Dry the cord after bath by application of alcohol/spirit if required.
Do not use any other antiseptic or antibiotic.
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