There are many things to think about and prepare for when you are born. Before your baby is born, think about whether or not to keep the baby’s umbilical cord (also called an umbilical cord). Yes, there is currently talk of storing umbilical cord in a special bank. What are the advantages of storing a baby’s umbilical cord? Does every parent have to do it ??
Keep the child’s umbilical cord at birth so that it can be used as a medicine in the future
The baby’s umbilical cord is a channel that connects food and oxygen in the womb between the mother and the fetus. In fact, blood is drawn from the umbilical cord that is in the canal and contains stem cells (stem cell) Experts believe that these stem cells can help treat various chronic diseases.
Some clinical studies that have been done previously indicated that cord blood can help treat diseases such as autism, blood cancer, blood disorders, and various immune system disorders. However, this cannot be determined and guaranteed. Experts need a number of other studies to develop the theory.
What is the procedure for storing the umbilical cord in a bank?
You should make this decision with your partner when entering the third trimester of pregnancy. At this point, you need to make a decision and contact the umbilical bank department. This happens in anticipation of premature birth.
During labor, the doctor will cut the umbilical cord attached to the baby and draw blood from the severed cord with a syringe. At least 40 ml of blood are drawn. This depends on the condition of the mother, the baby and the work that has just been done. If the mother gives birth to more than one child, the blood in the umbilical cord may be less.
This procedure does not affect the health of the mother or baby and only takes about 5 minutes. Next, the blood is processed in the laboratory to separate the blood parts. The stem cells are then stored in a freezer at a temperature of around -196 degrees Celsius to prevent damage to the cells. These frozen stem cells last for at least 10 years without damage.
Do I have to leave the baby’s umbilical cord in the bank?
It actually goes back to every parent. Storing umbilical cord blood is like biological insurance that can be used later, for example when the baby is sick. If you are interested in it, think carefully about it. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of keeping the umbilical cord that you can take into account when storing the umbilical cord in a special bank, namely:
1. It can be a savior if a child or family member has a specific illness
Yes, there are many studies that show that stem cells in the baby’s umbilical cord blood can be used to treat various chronic diseases such as leukemia, cancer, blood disorders, autoimmune diseases, and some other metabolic disorders.
Everyone has their own unique and characteristic cell. If it is needed later, it is very difficult to find the right stem cells that fit the body. However, once you’ve saved it, you don’t have to worry about finding the right stem cells.
2. Does not cause health problems when the process is running
The procedure for collecting umbilical cord blood is very short and has no negative effects on the mother or the baby. Therefore, this method is considered safe.
1. Requires very expensive fees
Unfortunately, it’s not cheap if you plan to keep the baby’s umbilical cord in a special bank. There are currently only a few umbilical banks in Indonesia, and all offer fees that require you to reach a sufficiently deep pocket. As a rule, the fees you have to pay correspond to the duration of the stem cell storage you have chosen. The longer it is stored, the more costs are incurred.
2. Not all children will definitely need stem cells later
In fact, not all children whose cables are kept in a bank will need it later. In one study mentioned, there is a possibility that children can use stored stem cells between 400 and 200,000 events. Especially if there are no chronic diseases such as leukemia or other blood disorders in your family. Then you and your family may not really have to do this.
3. There is no guarantee that treatment with stem cells will work
You should know that not all diseases can be cured with stem cells. There are a number of conditions caused by genetic mutations, such as spina bifida, that cannot be overcome by this method. The reason is that if a disease occurs due to a genetic mutation, it is likely that the stored stem cells also have a genetic mutation. So that could be pointless.
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