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December 28th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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I don't know much about the eye goo they put on newborn babies in the hospital. Mostly my opinion on it is an aesthetic one at this point. I don't like it because it makes babies look so weird and I don't think I'd like someone smearing greasy goo all over my face. I don't even know what its called, just that there doesn't seem to be much middle ground when it comes to it. You're either fine with it or you're adamantly opposed to it. What are yalls opinions? I need some insight.

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December 28th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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It's mostly to prevent infection for mothers with STD but its common practice and you can refuse it. I'm okay with thm using it, don't know of any negative reasons not to.
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December 28th, 2011, 02:49 PM
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I found this info on it It has to do with bacteria.
it is a topical antibiotic like clindamycin. it is mandatory in all states for babies to get it because certain infections they can aquire passing through the vagina can cause blindness. by the way it is now legaly madatory and you cant refuse it, if you give birth at a hospital. it is a us statute. here is a link.

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December 28th, 2011, 03:06 PM
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We are doing a home birth and I will opt out. I am allergic to the medication they use and would prefer that it not be given to my baby either. I don't have the STD that they are concerned about so I feel it's riskier to give it to the baby than to decline it.
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December 28th, 2011, 03:16 PM
marinewife0702's Avatar proud first time mama
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I dont like how the baby will look with it but oh well. As long as it is protecting my little guy from infection i'm game. Plus, it will go away and then baby will look perfectly normal!!!

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December 28th, 2011, 04:24 PM
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I've seen photos on the net of this but have never heard of it or seen it being done here!? Lara didn't get it done, none of my friends babies did either. Interesting. I might research it a bit more.

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December 28th, 2011, 04:29 PM
momtomonkeys's Avatar Super Mommy
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All of my babies have had it and I see no problems with it. It's simply to prevent infection, and not all of the infections it prevents have to do with an STD. That is common misconception. My sister wiped her son's eyes, thus wiping out the meds. Her son ended up with an eye infection a week later and she had to apply the medication herself for a much longer period. Just my 2 cents.
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December 28th, 2011, 04:33 PM
jensma's Avatar Katie: mommy to Ty & Em
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tyler had it, no one even asked me, that i know of. My husband might have okayed it or we might have signed for it before we got started...i don't remember. either way i figure there must be a reason for it.

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December 28th, 2011, 05:54 PM
MissusF's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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We are not doing the eye goop. It is normally erythromycin and I'm really allergic to it. If it wasn't for my allergy we would probably have it done.

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