Delayed cord clamping improves motor function

A randomized trial of women delivering singleton fetuses before 32 weeks gestation compared the effects of delayed cord clamping (30-45 seconds) versus immediate (less than ten seconds) cord clamping. There were no differences in rates of intraventricular hemorrhage or late-onset sepsis between the two groups. However, at 18-22 months, fewer infants undergoing delayed cord clamping had low scores on the motor component of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Third Edition (OR 0.32, 95% CI 0.10-0.90, P = .03).

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