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Cutting umbilical cords too early places babies at risk of anemia

Cutting the baby's umbilical cord immediately after birth has been a standard procedure in hospitals for decades. According to several recent studies, however, babies whose umbilical cords are instantly severed - thus depriving them of the blood still traveling to their bodies from the placenta - suffer from iron deficiencies for up to six months. Since low iron levels have been linked to neural development problems, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has considered updating its birthing guidelines to accommodate this important information.

Natural and Alternative Health Remedies for Anemia & Iron Poor Blood

Anemia or iron poor blood is a condition where there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells in the body to carry sufficient amounts of oxygen to the tissues. Each of our red blood cells contains hemoglobin, an iron rich protein that gives it its red color. Hemoglobin is responsible for the transportation of oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body.

Iron-Clad Solutions to Anemia

by Christine Haran

Aug 1, 2003 

When we work and play hard, we often pay for it with next-day fatigue. Fatigue and lethargy are also common complaints that can result from many medical conditions and sometimes their treatment. But one of the more well-known and common causes of chronic tiredness is anemia. Iron, which is mostly found in the red blood cells, is needed to courier oxygen to cells to perform their functions. Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common form of anemia, occurs when there is a lack of this mineral in the body.




Because anemia is often the result of an underlying disease process, the history and physical examination are extremely important. Anemic patients are often pale and may appear confused, frail, unsteady, and short of breath. The presenting symptom may be chest pain or syncope. Vital sign abnormalities include hypotension or tachycardia. Anemia is defined by the laboratory values and these values and the clinical picture are necessary for a definitive diagnosis.