USA Today reports that research published JAMA Pediatrics “suggests there may be benefits to keeping mom and baby attached a few minutes longer.” Investigators “found that healthy, full-term newborns whose umbilical cords were left attached for three extra minutes had better fine motor control when they reached preschool than those clamped immediately.”
The researchers found that “some 4-year-old boys who were clamped later even appeared to have better social skills.”
On its website, NBC News reports, Dr. Tonse Raju of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said, “This is one of the first studies to show that as early as 4 years, one can see a measurable difference.” Dr. Raju added, “As far as I am concerned, this is very significant.”
The NPR “Shots” blog points out that “delayed cord clamping has garnered more attention in the past few years for its potential benefits to the” child.
According to the blog, “Until recently, clinicians believed early clamping reduced the risk of hemorrhaging in the mother, but research hasn’t borne that out.”
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