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Understanding Stem Cell Banking: Benefits, Limitations & Watch-Outs

Dr. Shipra Mathur, Developmental Paediatrician


Dec 17, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

Expecting parents are faced with a lot of important decisions before their baby is born including this one - 'whether or not to bank our baby's umbilical cord blood'. Ask Sr. Doctor Shipra Mathur if banking the cord-blood of your baby is worthwhile. If yes, what are the benefits, what are the limitations, and things you should watch out before making a decision. Register now and queue up your question right away!  


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hello madam i have 5rs old son at the time of his delivery we have preserved his umbalical cord n bl....

hello madam i have 5rs old son at the time of his delivery we have preserved his umbalical cord n blood in a bank,so i have to know the benefits of thia card,how many years we can preserve these stemcells ,1st baby stemcells is suitable for his parents n siblings.i have heard that the cost of these stemcell tretments should be very high is it correct,n how kids are benficial for these stemcell treatments.

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi Sandhya, The preserved stem cells would be use to siblings ( less to parents) if there was a specific type of genetic disease in the family . The duration that they are kept for would vary according to the private bank that you have opted for. If there is now a sibling that has a disorder that has a particular genetic problem - it would be beneficial then. 2018-12-17 15:29:24
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Got to know that it is really not worth it to keep stem cells because the science to use it in case....

Got to know that it is really not worth it to keep stem cells because the science to use it in case of emergency in future is still under research. Also, the banks in India are not that professional to trust them for next 20-30 years. Now people who can afford do end up preserving it because there is no reason to not do since money is not a problem. But is it actually worth it?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
hi Nidhi, as per the Indian academy of Paediatrics , private cord blood banking is recommended only in those cases where there is an existing family member ( sibling or biological parents only ) with a disease that is known to specifically benefit from preserved stem cell transplant. Not otherwise. A public bank would be more useful and cost effective. 2018-12-17 15:35:56
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Hello Madam, my age is going to be 35 in feb 2019 and my daughter is going to be 4 years in the mont....

Hello Madam, my age is going to be 35 in feb 2019 and my daughter is going to be 4 years in the month of jan 2019. though we both ( husband as well) think it is necessary to have 2nd baby to complete our family but still we are not mentally prepared to have 2nd baby as we dont have inlaws staying with us and in recently resumed my career last year end after gap of 2 years. please suggest what should i do ..how.much time i have to concieve 2nd baby

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi Arika, even though there are mothers who conceive and do fine at an advanced age nowadays..it is still advisable to not leave it too late. However, this is best discussed with your gynaecologist who can advised you better keeping your specific obstetric health in mind. Take care! 2018-12-17 15:43:33
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hello one of my fav doctor..as I say alz..u hv tld for hearing test of my son who is 26months old..a....

hello one of my fav doctor..as I say alz..u hv tld for hearing test of my son who is 26months old..and who hs perfect eye contact and undrstnds everything..and sprak lot of words hs v.gud sign language..enjoys outside wid kids..bt is nt speaking in itz true sense..like few kids of his age starts to speak ..nd his hearing test is fyn..and one more thing u wid like to brought into ur notice dt he es absolutely fyn til the age of 28 months wen I haven't introduced him to screen after dt dere ws excess exposure of ph cz of which he got fee traits like sleep deprivation nd hyperactivity bt since I hv stopd exposure he hs improved very much..like sleep in eating playing interaction wid everything..so delay cn b linked to use of excess ph..as doctors r staying...he is trying to speak whole day. suggest me nw

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
HI Pragya ! good to hear back from you.. so the hearing test is fine and after reducing screen time, things have improved - is a good sign. I would suggest you are ok to observe him for another 6 months or so to monitor his progress. Tale care ! 2018-12-17 15:47:04
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is electric breast pump have any disadvantages? which one is better to use manual pump or the electr....

is electric breast pump have any disadvantages? which one is better to use manual pump or the electric one?

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as my baby is 3 week old n he is not able to feed directly so i prefer to give him assessed milk but i m confused between manual pump n electric pump 2018-12-17 16:02:23
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Dr. Shipra Mathur
HI Neha, no major disadvantaged to either. if you think you are going to express frequently , electric is easier and quicker. For an occasional use only type situation - a manual would be fine too. 2018-12-17 16:04:13
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Hello mam my baby is 23 months but he could not speak a word only bubbling and some alphabates speak....

Hello mam my baby is 23 months but he could not speak a word only bubbling and some alphabates speak. He is also not interested to play with toys and doent respond to my words even his name also. what i do mam please suggest me?

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
Hi Nitu, he would need to be formally assessed for his hearing, speech and development. Please consult your paediatrician who can refer you to the specific experts where you are or to a child development centre/team that often are there in hospitals. Do keep us posted too, take care . 2018-12-17 15:51:56
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hello doc thnk you soo much..I wid lyk to sau dt he makes eye contact wid persons whom he is interes....

hello doc thnk you soo much..I wid lyk to sau dt he makes eye contact wid persons whom he is interested is dt ok...he is sayin many words bt nt clear..

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yes, that is ok.. 2018-12-17 16:00:36
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Hi mam my baby will complete4months tomorrow she is not getting enough milk she ll b hungry ever 1 1....

Hi mam my baby will complete4months tomorrow she is not getting enough milk she ll b hungry ever 1 1/2hr how to increase quantity of breast milk mam....plz advice previously ur suggestions are very much helpful tq in advance

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Dr. Shipra Mathur
HI Trinayani, for adequate breast milk, make sure you are eating a healthy diet and stay relaxed :) There are prescription granules that you may ask for gynaecologist for - they may help. If taking time and baby not . gaining weight as well as should, please supplement with top milk too. Take care. 2018-12-17 15:58:52

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