Best answer: Why do they put ointment in newborns eyes?

Do newborns really need that eye ointment?

In Canada, it is standard practice to give prophylactic treatment to the newborn’s eyes with an antibiotic ointment. The antibiotic most commonly used is erythromycin. In the past silver nitrate drops were used but this is no longer the case.

When do newborn puffy eyes go away?

It doesn’t go away completely until 2 or 3 months of age. Call your doctor if: The swelling becomes large.

Is silver nitrate still used in newborns?

Silver nitrate is no longer used (it actually caused transient toxic pink eye in 50 to 90 per cent of newborns) in favour of erythromycin — now the only available treatment in Canada.

Do C section babies get eye ointment?

Answer: The antibiotic ointment also protects against other common bacteria that can be found the vagina and rectal area. “My baby is being born by c-section, so she doesn’t need eye antibitoics.” Answer: As long as there was no vaginal rupture prior to c-section, risk of ophthalmia neonatorum is essentially zero.

What shots do babies get before leaving the hospital?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that all newborns get the first HepB shot before leaving the hospital. If the mother has HBV, her baby should also get a HBIG shot within 12 hours of birth. The second HepB shot should be given one to two months after birth.

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Why does my newborn eye look swollen?

Right after birth, the baby’s eyes appear swollen and puffy. This too has to do with the endless hours spent in the amniotic fluid filled uterus and then later having to push their way through a ‘rocky’ path of the vaginal canal.

When do newborns start smiling?

Around 2 months of age, your baby will have a “social” smile. That is a smile made with purpose as a way to engage others. Around this same time to about 4 months of age, babies develop an attachment to their caregivers.