Erythromycin ointment newborn
In many states including California, you have the right to decide whether you want eye ointment (antibiotic erythromycin) given to your newborn baby. We chose not to have it given to our son because I (luckily) don’t have any STDs, namely chlamydia or gonorrhea. The eye ointment is to treat a serious eye infection in the event that the mother has either STD. The reason it became a regular procedure given to all babies after birth is because every once in a while a mother doesn’t know she has an STD. This can be because either she or her partner were exposed to the diseases (through sexual contact with someone else). If you know you do not have STDs, there are advatages to not have the ointment placed in the baby’s eyes beyond just avoiding blurry vision. The antibiotic ointment also kills off the beneficial bacteria that your baby just got from your body by passing through the birth canal. For women who have C-sections, a study from Australia showed benefits from taking a tampon from the mother and wiping it on the baby to pass along the mother’s probiotic bacteria (like lactobaccilus) and other immune cells and immunoglobulins from within the walls of the vagina. Pregnant women with balanced vaginal flora naturally produce a cncentrated amount of probiotic bacteria in the latter part of pregnancy for the purpose of passing it onto their baby during birth. This probiotic bacteria forms the basis of your baby’s immune system along with the colostrum and (3 days later) the breast milk your baby receives from exclusively breastfeeding. If the beneficial probiotic bacteria are killed off by the antibiotic ointment the baby’s eyes are more suseptible for bacteria, fungus and viruses.
If you prefer or need to have the ointment, of course get it. If you’re not sure you have STDs but you still want it, I do recommend indicating on your birth plan that you’d like it (and all unnecessary newborn procedures) delayed. And instead of immediately after birth have the antibiotic ointment applied after the first hour after birth. It doesn’t need to be done right away to be affective. Another reason to delay the eye ointment is because it will blur the baby’s vision at a time when it’s wonderful for baby, mother and her partner to have eye contact.
This time immediately after birth is precious and crucial for establishing skin-to-skin contact for baby’s temperature regulation and breastfeeding. Mom’s placenta still has to come out and baby’s gentle feet on mom’s belly along with breastfeeding helps the uterus to contract, expell the placenta and prevent excessive blood loss. And the lovely hormone oxytocin comes flooding through mom’s and baby’s brain to help make it all happen. Lactation and uterine contractions are the dance of oxytocin.
And unless absolutely necessary delay the newborn bath as well. Smell your newborn baby’s head before they put the knit hat on (which always falls off anyway). And by all means claim your right to take in the glory of your newborn baby skin-to-skin without unnecessary routine procedures.
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