US 3674032 A
A device for anchoring the umbilical cords of new-born babies comprises a base ring supportable on a baby's body about the umbilical cord and an upper ring fixed out of the plane of the base ring and able to support the lower part of the umbilical cord substantially normal to the body. The upper part of the umbilical cord can be supported and away from the body on a cage-like member.
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Unite States Patent Mingami  DEVICE FOR ANCHORING NEW-BORN BABES UMBHLICAL CORDS UNTIL ATROPHY THEREOF  Inventor: Ernesto Minganti, 12, Via Roncati, 40134 Bologna, Italy 22 Filed: Apr-i117, 1970 21 Appl.No.: 29,396
 Foreign Application Priority Data April 17, 1969 Italy ..1606 A/69 Feb. 17, 1970 Italy .3334 N70  U.S.CI. ..128/346, 128/132 R  lint. Cl ..'A6lb 17/08, A611" 13/00  Field oliSearch ..l28/20, 132 R, 132 D, 283, 128/303, 346
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,016,056 l/1962 Jacobs ..l28/346 July 4, 1972 3,053,256 9/1962 Cooper et al. 1 28/303 3,503,392 3/1970 Beeman 2,593,211 4/1952 Smith ..12 8/283 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 662,475 5/l963 Canada 1 28/283 100,076 6/1962 Norway 1 28/233 Primary Examiner-Channing L. Pace Attorney-Robert E. Burns and Emmanual J. Lobato ABSTRACT A device for anchoring the umbilical cords of new-born babies comprises a base ring supportable on a babys body about the umbilical cord and an upper ring fixed out of the plane of the base ring and able to support the lower part of the umbilical cord substantially normal to the body. The upper part of the umbilical cord can be supported and away from the body on a cage-like member.
2 Cl 4 Dra i g Figures PATENTED JUL 41973 Inventor:
ERNESTO MINGANTI Atty.
DEVICE FOR ANCHORING NEW-BORN BABIES UMBILICAL CORDS UNTIL ATROPHY THEREOF The present invention relates to a device for anchoring a new-born babys umbilical cord, so that said cord may naturally atrophy without any risk of infection or the like.
It is known that the umbilical cord portion of a new-bom baby is pressed after separation from the mother so that it will atrophy and eventually come away on its own. However, in many instances the atrophy process does not thoroughly occur so that there are often small infections or other anomalies substantially extending the recovery and/or atrophy period. It has been found experimentally that the atrophy process occurs regularly and without any drawbacks when the outer portion of the umbilical cord is exposed to the air or at least is not immediately laid down on the babies skin surface.
On the basis of these experiments there has been devised a device to ensure correct atrophy of the umbilical cords of new-born babies.
According to the main aspect of the invention, there is provided a device for anchoring the umbilical cords of new born babies for atrophy thereof, comprising means for supporting the lower part of an umbilical cord substantially normal to the body, and means for supporting the upper part of the umbilical cord away from the body,
The appended drawings diagrammatically show by way of example two embodiments of an anchoring device according to the invention. In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the first embodiment;
FIG. 2 shows the device applied to a navel and supporting an umbilical cord;
FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing a modified embodiment; and
FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing the device covered with a special cap for isolating the umbilical cord from the surroundings.
The device substantially comprises a cage-like member carrying a base ring 1 and an upper anchoring ring 2 interconnected by uprights 3.
Two or more cars or hooks 4 are applied or secured on the base and tapes 5 are anchored thereto to attach the device at a correct location by tying said tapes around a new bom babys body.
The device is used by attaching it, as above stated, to a baby's body and passing the umbilical cord 6 through the central hole in the upper ring 2, thus providing for the anchorage, then binding or tieing the umbilical cord portion 7 projecting from ring 2, so that the cord portion 8 is exposed to the air and arranged to the babys body. Portion 7 will be arranged approximately as shown in FIG. 2.
Natural gradual atrophy of the cord portion 8 is then checked until natural separation of the cord from the body after a period of about 48 hours.
Referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, a modified embodiment of the device will now be described.
Two separated semi-circular members 10 form a lower ring 11 having an internal diameter almost the same as that of a new-bom babys umbilical cord. The ring 11 is concentrically held to the base ring 1 by spokes 12. An upper ring 13 has a split 14 and also has an internal diameter almost the same as that of a new-bom babys umbilical cord. At the location of split 15 the ring 13 is outwardly bent over so as to form two resilient end portions 15. As before, the upper ring 2 is joined to the base-ring 1 by spokes 3 and the device can be attached to a babys body by tapes, as previously described.
The above-described device is entirely made of molded plastics material and is applied as follows the umbilical cord is slipped in the readily extendable lower ring, holding the umbilical cord at a correctly centered position within the device preventing the device from being displaced.
The cord is then slipped in the upper ring and the protruding part attached between the two resilient end portions 15 thereby supporting the cord in a correct vertical attitude. The
device is then covered by a cap 16 which is pressure fitted on the uprights 3 of the cage-like member, this cap partly covering the whole device and leaving an opening at the base for the passage of air. The base ring is internally provided with a raised edge 17 for preventing foreign materials from entering through the opening left by the cap for air passage.
What is claimed is:
l. A device for anchoring the umbilical cords of new-bom babies for atrophy thereof, comprising a cage-like member having a base ring supportable on a babys body in use circumferentially about the umbilical cord and an upper ring fixed spaced from the base ring and able to support the lower part of the umbilical cord substantially normal to a babys body when said base ring is mounted on said babys body about the umbilical cord, and spaced supports on said base ring mounting said upper ring, a lower ring concentrically fixed within said base ring, and said lower and upper rings both having an inner diameter substantially the same as that of the umbilical cord of a new-bom baby.
2. A device according to claim 1, wherein said lower ring comprisestwo separate sections resiliently joined to said base ring and means resiliently joining said lower ring to said base ring.
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