Umbilical cord milking does not appear to increase risk of neurodevelopmental delay in non-vigorous infants

Barchart · 07/01 10:00

NIH-funded study suggests blood-sparing treatment a safe alternative to current standard 

BETHESDA, Md., July 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- A treatment to move blood from the umbilical cord into the body of newborns who are limp, pale and with minimal breathing, known as non-vigorous, does not appear to increase the risk of neurodevelopmental impairment, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study included nearly 1,000 full-term and near-term infants. Researchers compared the treatment, known as umbilical cord milking, to early clamping and cutting of the cord— undertaken so resuscitation efforts can begin as soon as possible.