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The way a newborn is held could help reduce infant iron deficiency

By: Paige Camden, Health and Social Care Correspondent
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:01 GMT

Changing where a baby is held immediately after birth could lead to improved uptake of a procedure that reduces infant iron deficiency, The Lancet reports.

Changing where a newborn baby is held before its umbilical cord is clamped could lead to improved uptake, and subsequently a reduced risk of iron deficiency in infancy according to new results.

Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord until two minutes after birth allows for blood to pass from the mother’s placenta to the baby, and previous studies have shown this to reduce…

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