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Cutting a baby’s umbilical cord two minutes later can improve development

74018 What if you could make your newborn baby more resistant to disease, less susceptible to inflammation and better-developed?

Well all you have to do is wait to cut the umbilical cord.

Two minutes to be exact, according to scientists from the University of Granada in Spain, who found that delaying the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord made babies more resistant to oxidative stress and have less of an inflammatory response.

Scientists looked at a group of 64 healthy pregnant women who went into labour in the San Cecilio Clinical Hospital in Granada, who all had normal pregnancies and spontaneous natural deliveries.

The only different in the two groups of 32 was that one had their umbilical cords cut 10 seconds after birth and the other had them cut two minutes after.

‘Our study demonstrates that late clamping of the umbilical cord has a beneficial effect upon the antioxidant capacity and reduces the inflammatory signal induced during labour, which could improve the development of the newborn during his or her first days of life,’ the authors wrote in Pediatrics.