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Hi ladies,<br><br>
A friend of ours (an RN) was shocked to find out that we refused antibiotic eye ointment for our new baby. She said babies can get eye infections from other bacteria in the birth canal, not just std's.<br><br>
Is this true? It sounds pretty fishy to me... All the research I did suggested that its administered just in case the mother has an undetected case of gonorrhea (sp?).<br><br>
Can someone more knowledgeable that me shed some light on this?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
cathy
 

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Sure they can get an infection from some sort of vaginal bacteria; most likely resutling in a bit of crusty eye, that might necessitate some antibiotic eye ointment if it doesn't clear up on its own.<br><br>
Why, if you are negative for chlamydia, would you expose your child to an antibiotic if it is unnecessary? I mean, I have never heard of a child having any complications from not having antibiotic eye ointment when a mom is negative for STDs. We did once have a child who had a reaction to the antibiotic ointment; his poor eyes were reddened and swollen for over a week. That is certainly rare, to be sure. But it is also very, very rare for an infant to get a problematic infection (again in the absence of STDs) from a vaginal birth.<br><br>
And for the record, I, too, am a nurse, at a birth center. We don't do the antibiotic ointment routinely; only at mother's request, especially if her STD status is unknown.
 

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A little off the track..... My baby had problems with eye infections that would keep coming back. I read in a natural healing book that breastmilk in the eye, a few drops, was an effective antibiotic. I tried in my 2 month, just once and saw his eyes clear in two days. Never has had another eye problem. I tried the antibiotic ointment on him faithfully before hearing of this. Incidentally, if you put the ointment in your own eye it's quite irritating, whereas breastmilk in the eye is not at all (I tried both!).<br><br>
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I think that is individual. I have put the ointment in my own eyes, and it wasn't irritating at all, only gooey.<br><br>
That might be the difference though between prophylactic ointment vs an ointment to treat an active infection. The latter might have a higher dosage, causing more irritation. Just a guess.<br><br>
But yeah, breastmilk clears up alot of eye infections really well!
 

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My baby had gooey eyes for about 10 days and breastmilk didn't clear it up so we used the eye iointment for about 4 days. i would only use it if you need to.
 

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When making the routine list while planning for my second son's hospital birth I decided I did not want the antibiotic drops in his eyes -- my original feeling was that my husband and I had no previous sexual partners before we were married. I told my midwife this, she noted it on my chart, and when his birth time came I told the nurse, she marked it down, and no one ever asked me again! I was surprised after reading so many MOthering Mags that I receieved NO FLACK about my decision! It was nice to be treated with respect and have our wishes honored.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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