Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says

March 6, 2015 5:00 PM

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FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using a low-cost antiseptic to clean the umbilical cords of babies born outside of a hospital lowers infant infection and death rates in developing countries, researchers say.

"Based on our review, using chlorhexidine to clean the umbilical cord saves newborn babies lives," said lead researcher Anju Sinha of the Indian Council of Medical Research in New Delhi.

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