When you become a parent, you begin to think of the things your baby needs for a healthy life. It can be hospital preparations, clothes and diapers, or even sending your child to a nursery school soon.
Cord blood banking is one of the responsibilities parents should consider during the childbirth. This decision ensures preparedness for any possible ailments or diseases in the future.
Let’s take a look at what cord blood banking is and who benefits from it.
What Is Cord Blood Banking
The extraction of blood left in the umbilical cord during childbirth is known as Cord Blood Banking. The blood is rich with stem cells and nutrition that can be used to treat diseases and ailments such as anemia, autism, Parkinson’s disease, among others.
After extraction, cord blood is stored and preserved in a frozen state for future use. The blood can be stored for decades depending on its quality and the storage equipment. It is, therefore, important to contact legitimate cord blood banks to ensure safety storage.
Benefits Your Child
Cord blood banking greatly benefits your child. If you experienced a difficult pregnancy and equally hard labor, chances are your baby could have minor complications. Stored blood from the umbilical cord may be of great value in this regard. It can be used to start treatment as soon as health defects in your child are detected.
One of your priorities as parent is to make sure your child is healthy from birth. Different health conditions like cancer, metabolic disorders, and immune system disorders can be treated by injecting the blood drawn from the umbilical cord into the bloodstream. When the blood is injected into the bloodstream, the blood naturally flows to the areas that require treatment.
The blood from the umbilical cord is rich in stem cells just as the ones from the bone marrow. Extraction of blood cells from the bone marrow, however, can be painful and time-consuming. Cord blood banking is a convenient alternative to it.
This method is also very convenient and provides ease of access to available blood in the future. It provides you with a safely stored blood should your child require treatment. The point of cord blood banking is to be prepared for future possible situations that may need swift and efficient treatment.
Compared to other methods, cord blood banking poses less risk of infection. Stored cord blood has lower exposure to the outside environment so that your baby is safe should she undergo blood transfusion. The procedure is simple and effortless. Well established cord blood banks have professionals trained to handle the blood in uncompromising manners.
Benefits Other Family Members
Stored cord blood doesn’t have to go to waste if your baby doesn’t manifest health complications. Another advantage of cord blood banking is it provides higher chances of blood matching within family members. If one of your family members––you as parent, your spouse, or one of your children––requires stem cell treatment, your child’s preserved cord blood can be used.
Your child’s blood can save a family member’s life should the need arise. This means that other members of the family can also greatly benefit from a painless and time-efficient process of treatment.
Benefits People In Your Community
Blood can be stored in a private family bank or a public bank. When stored in a private bank, the family gets to decide when to use and to whom the cord blood be used.
If you opt for public banks, unrelated patients can benefit from your baby’s cord blood. Your child’s blood can help sick children who would’ve otherwise no access to the treatment required. Your child would’ve positively contributed to the community, which is a value that parents wish to instill in a child.
Parents’ Peace Of Mind
This method also adds to your peace of mind as parents. You’ll be less anxious knowing that you made a decision which makes for preparedness for future health complications in your child. With this, you save yourself from the hassle of having to look for blood donors in the future. Most importantly, you’ll know you did the best that you could on the day your child was born.
The storing of blood from the umbilical cord is a decision that parents can make in view of positive and beneficial outcomes. Your child benefits from the preparedness of tackling possible health defects and so does other members of the family should they use the blood for future treatment. Members of the community can also benefit if the blood is stored in a public bank. Your child’s blood will never go to waste as it can be preserved for years while providing you convenience and easy access for future use.
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The flu presents its own dangers. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are an average of about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu every year. Based on laboratory testing, there were 42,541 cases of seasonal influenza in 2019-2020.
“Everyone should get the flu vaccine this year,” Wilson said. “It’s a no-brainer.”
Concern about a potential twindemic is not overblown, epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Kwong said.
“Most health care workers would say we’re barely managing in a normal flu season. We’re always on the verge of collapse. If you add COVID, we’re in big trouble,” said Kwong, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
“The biggest problem with how we view influenza is that there are other respiratory viruses circulating,” he said. “The flu is a whole bunch of viruses with a whole bunch of different presentations. They’re impossible to distinguish without lab tests.”
If people let down their guard on measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene, there will be a twindemic, Kwong said.
“If people keep having parties, we’ll have influenza. But, if you can control COVID, you can control influenza.”
It is also possible, but rare, to be infected with flu and COVID-19 at the same time. A study published in June in the Journal of Medical Virology found that, among 1,103 patients who had been diagnosed with COVID‐19 in three hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey, six were diagnosed as also being infected with influenza. Co-infected patients have been reported in China, Germany, Iran, Japan, Spain and the United States.
Manitoba sees 29 new COVID-19 cases, warns of exposures on bus, at restaurants – Global News
Manitoba public health officials have identified 29 new cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday morning.
One case previously reported on Sept. 19 was removed from the case totals. This means the total net new cases today is 28, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,586.
- 2 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
- 3 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 1 case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud
- 23 cases in the Winnipeg health region
Right now there are 354 known active cases and 1,216 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
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There are currently 11 people in hospital and three people in intensive care, meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
Public health officials have sent a letter to parents about a possible exposure to COVID-19 at the Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre Preschool at 505 Chalmers Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 14 in the morning and afternoon.
The province says based on the public health investigation, close contacts have been identified and contacted directly by public health officials with advice to self-isolate.
Health officials say the centre will remain open to all other children and staff, who can continue to attend the centre in person and the centre has closed off areas used by the infected person and will not use these areas until after the space has been cleaned.
Public Health is also advising of possible exposures to COVID-19:
- Café La Scala at 725 Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Public health officials say the restaurant has been closed while case investigations are underway.
- The Local Public Eatery at 274 Garry St. in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12. The province says the restaurant had been closed while public health investigations were underway but has since reopened.
- XXI Lounge at 1011 Pembina Highway in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The province says the site had been closed while public health investigations were underway but has since reopened.
- Winnipeg Transit, John Pritchard School Route S412 on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from Headmaster/Mildred to John Pritchard School from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from John Pritchard School to Headmaster/Mildred from approximately 3 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Health officials say there has been a concerning increase in the number of cases in Winnipeg, with many cases having large numbers of close contacts.
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,216 on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 164,177.
Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.9 per cent.
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