Even before your child is born, you will be expected to make some very crucial decisions which can have a lasting impact on your child’s life. Most of these decisions revolve around the health and well-being of your child. In the past few years, cord blood banking has emerged as a ground breaking medical technology. Under this procedure, your child’s cord blood cells are collected and stored for future use. Owing to their regenerative potential, these cells can be used to treat genetic disorders and some forms of cancer.
Uses of cord blood cells
Cord blood cells are a group of undifferentiated cells which can transform into blood forming cells. As these cells are the building blocks of the immune system and the blood system, they can play a crucial role in organ transplants and other serious medical procedures. They have been used successfully to treat leukemia and other immune disorders. At the same time, scientists are studying the potential of cord blood cells in curing other diseases like heart related disorders, diabetes, stroke etc.
If you decide to store your child’s cord blood cells, you can be assured of a 100% match if you ever need to use them in the future. In a manner of speaking, you will be safeguarding the health of your child by taking this simple step. Even in this day and age, cord blood cells have shown immense potential in curing otherwise untreatable diseases. Significantly, these developments have taken place in the last decade or so. If the rapid pace of progress is any indication, cord blood cells could well be the future of medicine by the time your child grows up. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to invest in cord blood banking for your child’s health.
How does cord blood banking work?
Cord blood banking is of two types- personal and public. In the former case, you store your child’s cord blood cells exclusively for his or her future. Alternatively, you could also donate these cells for public use. So, if a person ever needs these cells, he or she can contact public cord blood banks to find the closest biological match possible.
If you want to store your child’s cord blood, you have to make the decision well before the delivery. You must contact a cord blood bank as early as possible and inquire about their services. In some cases, they will give you a kit that needs to be carried to the hospital when you go into labor. Alternatively, the blood bank might send an expert who will collect the sample personally.
After the birth of your child, the umbilical cord containing the cord blood is severed. The blood sample is then collected and sent to the blood bank where it is processed and the cord blood cells are harvested. These are then stored in temperature controlled surroundings for years together and you can access the sample when the need arises. The entire system is extremely efficient and organized. All said done, cord blood banking is one of the most promising medical procedures since it has the potential to save your child’s life in the future.
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Guest Post by: Rey Ricks currently works in the health industry specializing in treatment of certain diseases. He also do research about cord blood banking and likes to read health related magazines, play chess and write articles during his free time.
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