Is Submitting your Child for Cord Blood Banking a Wise Decision?

October 15, 2012

Medicine

Submitting your Child for Cord Blood Banking

Submitting your Child for Cord Blood Banking

The blood from your baby’s umbilical cord is found to have an abundant number of stem cells. These stem cells are considered dominant cells since they help the body’s tissues, organs and body systems develop. These cells can also transform into another cell type to instigate new development and possible growth. In addition, these cells are known to be the building blocks of a person’s immunity and so a lesser stem cell count, as well as unhealthy stem cells in a person’s body, would mean a compromised immunity.

Banking a baby’s cord blood is a form of insurance. It’s good to know that you will have something as a valuable resource if a future need for it comes. In addition, it is also a good thing to know that it can be used to help treat a parent or sibling if they need it. So it is not only beneficial for the baby, but for the other family members as well. There is a 25% chance that a sibling will accept the stem cells.

Though humans have only been able to consider this option for a few years now, cord blood banking has long been in the practice of medicine; for over 20 years now. The increasing number of parents deciding to have their baby’s umbilical cord blood banked, can be relatively associated to the rising number of life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and other immunity disorders that afflict children. Since stem cells from cord blood have been found to help treat these types of disorders, parents are always given the choice of banking their baby’s cord blood for future use.

Cord blood collection

Collecting cord blood is considered a safe, easy and a painless process. It usually takes less than five minutes and does not interfere with the delivery process. It is also considered safe for both vaginal delivery and cesarean delivery. However, there is standard time of 15 minutes following the baby’s delivery in which the collection procedure should take place. And no later than 48 hours, should it be processed in the laboratory to ensure no contamination with harmful microorganisms. After it has been processed in the laboratory and screened for viral or bacterial contamination, it is then stored in the blood bank accredited by the AABB or American Association of Blood Banks.

Health risks to mother and baby

There is no established health risk yet to either the mother or her baby brought about by the process of collecting cord blood. Since the blood from the cord is extracted after it has been cut, there are absolutely no reports of pain and is considered to be totally safe.

However, you also need to know that a child’s stored cord blood will not be suitable for all transplants and will not always be helpful in treating every disease. This is because the cord blood, particularly the stem cells in it, probably has almost the same components as the affected genes carrying the disease. And using the same stem cells in this case would probably make the condition unrelieved or worsen.

Most parents are unable to decide whether they will let their children undergo a cord blood banking. So, it would be helpful to consult your doctor first and discuss with him or her how the procedure will benefit your child and what possible issues it will bring to your baby and your whole family.

Author bio

This post is written by Dr. Amarendra, the guest author. He is a freelance article writer and he likes to write on cord blood bank and cord blood storage.

 

Is Submitting your Child for Cord Blood Banking a Wise Decision?


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