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I am so undecided.... I have read alot about this and I will be Breast feeding. Now I would like to hear from other parents and what they decided!
Has anyone done the shot or not done the shot and how do you feel about your decision?
Same with the eye ointment. I don't have any disease, so why does my baby really need this?
we have decided to do the vitamin K shot, here the eye ointment is legally required, i dont know about your state, obviously you can still opt out of it, but i have heard that if you give birth in the hospital, they will call child services on you over it. Im not trying to scare you, i agree that it seems pretty silly to give a treatment for something you know you do not have, so you couldnt possibly pass on to baby
im not sure if they do it in the UK or not, i cant remember the exact name, i will try and look it up for you, but basically its to prevent eye infections in newborns from any bacteria they may have been exposed to in the birth canal, its generally only an issue if the mother has chlamydia or gonorrhea - its pretty serious and cause blindness. But obviously if you dont have either of those STDs it wont be an issue for your baby
i looked it up and Staphylococcus and Streptococcus can also cause an infection, so maybe that is the reason they do it to all newborns
We decline the Hep B shot and the eye ointment. The Vit K shot I can't remember, but I thought it was especially important in boys that were to be circ'ed bc it helps with the blood clotting (don't quote me, I could be wrong). Since I'm having a girl, I will be declining the vit k shot as well.
(Lou, the eye ointment is to prevent any possible infection in your baby's eyes from their trip down the birth canal during delivery. These infections used to be a major cause of blindness in babies born to mother's with gonorrhea or chlamydia. Now, if you know you don't have these, then you're baby would most likely be fine.)
We're declining all of it. My midwife will have vit k on her, but she said its generally only needed if the birth is traumatic and there's lots of bruising. We aren't circing so that's not an issue. I just had an STD test done so that I'd feel comfortable refusing the ointment. I find the hep b shot to be completely unnecessary in a newborn unless the parent has it.
thank you for all your thoughts! it is not required here in our state, no vaccine is either. We are doing circumcisions, otherwise vitamin k would be pretty important! my midwife will also have it on hand incase the births traumatic, I think we are leaning on refusing it all.