propholaxis I believe is the name. The reason they do this is it helps stop eye infections- the eye infections are from STDs. But the problem is this is given to babies that are not at high risk of infection because their mother doesnt have STDs or they are born via c/s birth. This is a wonderful drug if given at the right timeto the right babies, but it is not a drug that needs to be given to ALL BABIES. In my case I didnt have STDs so my DD was not in high risk danger for getting an infection. The problem was that we had no choice to say no when we were not at high risk and the threat of our childen going into CPS was very high. And like all drugs there are side effects, and I was so pissed that I was forced to have this done to my DD and then she had problems.
The drug is in the form of a cream, kinda looks like K-Y jelly- and is put in the babies eyes.
I would check with the hospital where you are going to have your baby and see what the regulations are.
So for the vit K- I would look into that it is to clot the blood, but breast milk has vit K and also you can take vit K before the baby is here to boost the vit k in his body. The fear is that a child will have trama and cause bleeding that could be life threating. But, the risk are very low. Are you going to circ your son? I would first say go to the circ board and learn about circing before you do it. But you have to remember that cricing is a surgery and blood is lost, the baby needs to have good blood clotting to lower risk- however circing comes with many risk, not only blood loss.
The heal test is the PKU- you should google newborn heal stick or PKU for your state, they all test for different. If you are going to BF, and for the sake of humanity I hope you are
, then you should wait at least 72 hours before the test, because the results will not be accurate until you have nursed for 72 hours. Talk to your PED about all this, becaue most of this can be done at his office.
The hospital will try to do things to your baby in a rutine mannor, and most of it they will not say "is this okay?", you will have to go to your birth knowing what they will do, what you dont want done and make sure EVERYONE knows- and you will have to keep repeating it. The only way to really protect your child is to keep him in your arms and say "yes or no" to everything- I mean EVERYTHING they want to do- from a bath to giving him water- yes some hospital will try to give him water, and if he is BF you do not need to give him water.
So much to know! But you have come to a good place
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