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Are you doing the erythromycin eye ointment?

Poll Results: Are you doing the erythromycin eye ointment?

 
  • 6% (5)
    Yes...right after the birth
  • 11% (9)
    Yes...but with some delay
  • 76% (60)
    No
  • 5% (4)
    We haven't decided yet
78 Total Votes  
post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
#2 Are you doing the erythromycin eye ointment after birth for baby?
post #2 of 42
No, I am not. I don't see the point, as I do not have the STD's that would cause the blindness or problems.
post #3 of 42
I'm not sure- we did it w/ds, as we were told it was mainly to protect him from "hospital bacteria" (they screen for STD's during prenatal care, and I have none)- but this time I don't think I buy that logic. I want to get my m/w's views on it during our next appt., but at this point I'm leaning towards no.
post #4 of 42
No I think it interferes with bonding and is unnecessary.
post #5 of 42
NO! There is no reason to here.
post #6 of 42
The eye ointment is for protection against STD's. My husband and I are monogamous and do not have any infections.
post #7 of 42
Does anyone know the protocol for refusing the eye treatment? I have read that in some states they will call CPS if you refuse it! Is it 'mandatory' in every state?
post #8 of 42
We're not doing it. I've heard of CPS being called in New York. I think that's ridiculous, since there's no reason to do it if you don't have gonorrhea or chlamydia.
post #9 of 42
no way. ive never had an std and id rather my baby not have his eyes all gunked up right when he needs them the most :<
post #10 of 42
In our state, it is mandatory that caregivers OFFER the test to you, but it is not mandatory that you ACCEPT it. But sometimes hospital staff seem to not quite get this distinction.
post #11 of 42
No, we are not.
We are not doing anything except MAYBE vit K- but that just depends on how the birth goes. We are still in the air about that.
post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by sarbear View Post
Does anyone know the protocol for refusing the eye treatment? I have read that in some states they will call CPS if you refuse it! Is it 'mandatory' in every state?
Like a PP said- I dont think it is mandatory- BUT, ask the hospital. We did on our "tour". I asked about everything that was done to a baby once they were born, and what we had to do if we did not want these tests done. Our hospital staff was very understanding and gave us all kinds of info. Basically here in CT, if you do not want it, you do not have to have it. BUT, they do have you sign consent forms etc so you know that you are declining. Also, b/c a lot of this is routine, they also said to be clear when you go in for labor and once baby is born that you do not want these things done- most of the time the nurse just does it automatically b/c it is, unfortunatly, the "norm" and you have to remind them- better yet, put it in your birth plan!
post #13 of 42
I don't think it is standard here. The midwife didn't say anything about it when I asked her about all the normal procedures.
post #14 of 42
No, no reason to.
post #15 of 42
no. i dont have std's and it causes babies not to be able to see for a long time and interferes w/ nursing in many cases. i can see its usefulness in limited circumstances but not for all babies.
post #16 of 42
Nope, we're not doing it.
post #17 of 42
No, I do not have gonorrhea. And yes, they have to offer it but you have every right to decline, at least in my state.
post #18 of 42
I find it kind of troubling that people try to make this into a moral highhorse issue ("Well *****I****** dont have any stds!") I wish we could make our own decisions without saying things that could be hurtful to others.
post #19 of 42
I don't see how it is hurtful to say "I do not have an STD". I would totally do the ABX eye-goop if I had or suspected I might have an STD. And I am not judging any mom who wants to do it as a precaution, 'just to be safe', or for any other reason. Why is it morally high-handed to state the reason I choose not to take such a precaution?
post #20 of 42
Nevermind. You know, a lot of people who DO opt for it don't believe they have an STD either. I think making this into a "people who have STDs vs those who do not" issue is impolite. That's all.
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