Originally Posted by ldybg610
Haven't read anything about the eye drops, hearing test, or bath yet. Just wondering what are the reasons you guys don't want them done? With the PKU I'm a little torn. Anyone else heard of such a thing? We are also circ. DH doesn't really want to, but only because its gonna cost $325 lol. I want to because I don't want him to grow up running the risk of getting infections and things.http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=96787
ldybg610 - Here's a few of my thoughts and opinions from the questions in your post...
As far as the eye ointment, there are a couple of reasons I'm choosing not to use it. One is that it is to protect the baby's eyes from possible infection with chlamydia or gonorrhea. Since this is a test typically given to pregnant women, one should know if they are positive or not if they are in a monogamous relationship. It is really important for the newborn to have the ability to clearly look around at its new surroundings and bond with its mother. When the eye ointment is used, it blurs the vision for quite some time and can interfere with this process. So for me, I do not want to do anything that will make it more challenging to bond as much as possible, and as early as possible with my little one.
Don't know much about the hearing test, but I know that it's something that does not need to be done in the time immediately post-birth. There's so many other things to measure, etc. and the hearing test can wait. Again, the bonding time with Mom is much more important.
For baby bath, again the main issue has to do with mother/infant bonding. Besides being able to gaze at each other, breastfeed, and connect skin-to-skin, there is an aspect to the bonding process that is related to olfactory (smell) senses. The smell of the natural body fluids on the baby is an just one of the important aspects leading to the maternal response kicking in in the mother. If all fluids and substances are cleaned off the baby immediately following delivery, especially using any type of cleanser/soap to do so, it interferes with the mom's ability to sense her baby through the olfactory receptors. If the baby is all covered in vernix, it's a great skin moisturizer and can just be rubbed in (take a bit to use for yourself if you need it!). Other than that, there isn't really any need to bathe your babe right after birth.
As far as your concerns for PKU...I suppose it could be valid, but not very likely. And very hard to prove!! I would suggest making the decision based on whether or not you think the information you get from the screening test will be useful to you.
And I agree with several others that you might want to research the circumcision issue a bit further. Besides the fact that you have to pay out of pocket for the procedure, there have been no recent studies showing that circumcision leads to decreased rates of infection or STD transmission. In fact, there are many reasons why many now feel it is more beneficial to not circumsize for the health of the male and his penis. And even the American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends it to be done routinely, as too many studies have shown it just does not have the benefits they once believed it to have.
I hope this helps!