Originally Posted by GoodMomma
Things have just become so routine and it isn't needed every single time.
Oh, I completely agree that some of these things aren't actually necessary for my kids. I'm just not bothered by them, and see no reason to make a fuss about something that I view as unnecessary but not harmful.
In the case of the Hep B shot, I think it's kind of silly that it's given to newborn babies when the mother isn't infected, but it's something I would choose for my child eventually anyway, so I don't have a problem with it being administered shortly after birth. I'm not concerned about possible negative effects -- while I realize that they do occur, they are also very rare.
As for the vitamin K shot, I'm not aware of any reliable reports of widespread negative side effects, whereas there do appear to be significant risks associated with insufficient vitamin K in newborns.
Regarding the antibiotic eye ointment, while I agree that systemic antibiotics should be avoided when they are not absolutely necessary (In the last two years, I have refused them for mastitis three times, and an ear infection in my child, preferring a wait-and-see approach), I feel that topical application doesn't present the same hazards.
I think in some ways, you could say I'm just not a "rock the boat" kind of person. When I see neither a significant harm nor a significant benefit in something that's part of the "standard procedure," I'm more likely to go along with it than not.
I've had a lot of unnecessary tests during this pregnancy -- an HIV test, two siphylis tests, a 32-week ultrasound, etc. -- and I tend to figure if it makes my doctor happy to follow the "standard procedure" on these things, it's fine with me. I'd rather spend my time and energy refusing things I really do feel strongly about, such as continuous fetal monitoring and routine IVs during labor.