Over the years, a constant debate has been going on for the right time to cut the baby’s umbilical cord. Cutting of umbilical cord is a memorable moment as this is one of the most crucial time. An umbilical cord is a connection between the baby and the mother while the baby is in the womb. On an average umbilical cord is around 20 inches in size. The umbilical cord helps to supply the oxygen and the essential nutrients from mother’s body to the baby through the placenta. It also helps to boost the immune system of the baby while the baby is inside the womb. However, once the baby is born, the role of the umbilical cord finishes off. But keeping it for a little more time will help to supply oxygen to the baby. (Also read: Why is it important for the baby to take a burp)
What is the right time to cut the umbilical cord in a baby?
According to the studies done by the doctors. Cutting the umbilical cord right after the birth is safe but waiting for an extra 30 seconds will help the baby. A slight time of connection between umbilical cord and baby after the birth will help the baby to get necessary oxygen rich blood. In case the baby is premature, doctors usually wait for a longer time to cut the cord. But if the baby is normal and takes birth in the 9th month, then doctors do not wait. The oxygen rich blood that reaches the baby right from the placenta through umbilical cord helps to keep the baby healthy and there is evidence that shows the healthy growth of baby with an extra minute of attachment with the cord.
How does umbilical cord help baby?
If the baby is born prematurely, then the longer access of the baby with the umbilical cord will help him/her to access the blood. It will not lead to the problem of anaemia, jaundice and bleeding in the brain. Many parents store their baby’s umbilical cord for any emergency that might happen in future. However, if the cord is left attached for a minute then not much of blood is left to store. (Also read: What are the causes of constipation in newborn and how it can be treated)
While the baby is in the womb, the placenta plays the role of the lungs. As the baby inhales air right after the birth, then his/her actual lungs come into function. Thus, clipping off the umbilical cord immediately right after the birth might deprive the baby of the necessary nutritious oxygen that baby needs.
Thus, doctors suggest that we can keep the umbilical cord attached to the baby for 2-3 minutes or even for 5 to provide baby with necessary oxygen rich blood. (Also read: How to clear baby’s nose easily)