European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 146, Issue 4, pp 387–389

The time of separation of the umbilical cord

  • A. M. Oudesluys-Murphy
  • G. A. M. Eilers
  • C. J. de Groot
Original Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00444944

Cite this article as:
Oudesluys-Murphy, A.M., Eilers, G.A.M. & de Groot, C.J. Eur J Pediatr (1987) 146: 387. doi:10.1007/BF00444944

Abstract

The time of separation of the umbilical cord was studied in 911 neonates. The mean time of separation was 7.4 days (SD 3.3, range 1–29 days). We sought a possible relationship between the time of cord separation and various factors in the perinatal period. Cord separation was delayed when antibiotics needed to be administered to the neonate because of sepsis, when the infant was born prematurely, delivered by Caesarean section or had a low birth weight. The cord separated slightly earlier in female than in male infants. None of the infannts studied suffered from omphalitis and it would appear that “delayed” separation of the cord is not always necessarily accompanied by severe leucocyte dysfunction.

Key words

Umbilical cord Leucocyte function 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Oudesluys-Murphy
    • 1
  • G. A. M. Eilers
    • 2
  • C. J. de Groot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsZuiderziekenhuisRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of BiostatisticsErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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