Reasons Why Banking Cord Blood is Important

13 Sep

This weeks guest post is written and sponsored by www.lifebankusa.com

Reasons Why Banking Cord Blood is Important

After their children are born, a lot of parents are overwhelmed of fun thoughts of their
future with their kids. Their birthday celebrations, special trips, sports events, and other life
milestones are sometimes pictured and developing life-threatening conditions is the last thing on
their minds.

Many parents fail to take the possibility of the said predicament that is why their children
suffer serious consequences. On the other hand, there are some who consider the likelihood of
developing severe illness and make it a point to bank their newborn’s cord blood.

What is cord blood and how does it help?

Cord blood is the blood that persists in an infant’s umbilical cord after he/she has been
delivered. In the past, it was considered as medical wastes and was immediately thrown away.
However, extensive medical researchers have confirmed that the said blood is rich in stem
cells—biological cells—that are branded by many medical experts as the body’s master cells.

Stem cells are the groundwork of blood and organ tissues, they are well capable of
rejuvenating and regenerating cells that are affected by severe health conditions. Discovered in
the late 1980s cord blood stem cells have become a more convenient alternative to bone marrow
stem cells.

At present, the stem cells that are found in the said blood are safely and effectively being
used to save countless lives and its uses have tremendously improved over the past two decades.

As their uses drastically expand, so does the possibility that the stored cells may be
required by direct members of the family. Studies show that the possibility of needing a stem cell
transplant is quite high. Putting the aforementioned information into consideration, banking a
substantial amount of cord blood can be very beneficial.

Cord blood stem cells are utilized to treat around 70 different health conditions that
include brain injury, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and juvenile diabetes, among others.
With the steady improvement in the medical and technological field, the list may become longer
in the near future. Currently, there are several private and public clinical trials that are performed
across the US and the potential of discovering new treatment remedies is simply promising.

Conclusion

In the end, it can be mentioned that banking a substantial amount of cord blood, is one of
the best things that parents can do for their children. This is because life-saving commodities can
be immediately administered when one’s child or direct members of the family develop serious
health ailments. Simply put, it is an investment that carries endless gains.

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2 Responses to “Reasons Why Banking Cord Blood is Important”

  1. Tiffany (lifewithblondie) September 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    That was new when my last baby was born, and so expensive to do! We tried to make it happen but couldn’t afford it, so glad to see it becoming a more main stream option!

    • Mommy Adventures September 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Yeah, I know, it needs to become more mainstream to save lives!

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