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Old 01-15-2014, 07:30 PM   #21
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In Florida it's a law that it had to be given within one hour otherwise the hospital is liable of a misdemeanor. But parents can refuse if they present in writing that it is against their religion. People did it all the time.

Eta : I was a Rn who worked maternity.

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Old 01-15-2014, 07:43 PM   #22
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Re: Did anyone decline eye ointment for baby?

It doesn't cause burning or swelling or anything. I've used the ointment myself for pink eye, and it's actually very soothing.

In Texas, if you decline, the attending physician can be prosecuted and fined.

We made an educated decision to get the ointment for all of our babies.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:29 AM   #23
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Re: Did anyone decline eye ointment for baby?

I delivered my son in Asia where they don't routinely do the eye ointment, at two days old he developed pink eye and had to do drops 4 times a day for 10 days. I will always wonder if he would have gotten pink eye if he had the ointment when he was born.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:08 PM   #24
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It's the law here for both eye oint and vit K shot (ny) I didn't want either...I wiped her eyes right after and got most off her.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:46 PM   #25
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My home birth babies didn't have eye ointment but my hospital babies did. I admit I was pretty ignorant the the whole process until after I had ds2
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:33 PM   #26
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Re: Did anyone decline eye ointment for baby?

I live in TN...a friend of mine declined the ointment (and also the vit k I think) and was given a really hard time about it. She said they threatened to call DCS on her and she said it really freaked her out how she felt completely bullied about it...but she still refused (nothing happened to her). It angers me to think of parents being threatened that way over things that should be a personal choice. It's never been an issue with us because we have never declined the ointment or vit K...but it should be optional and not forced, for sure.
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Re: Did anyone decline eye ointment for baby?

I'm in Canada, it's the law for the eye goop but the midwives said it's no big deal if they don't do it. They noted it in my file and it wasn't done. They do do routine tests for STD's while pregnant so they knew I didn't have any. I did vit K shot because I felt it was important. In Canada they don't do Heb B until age 12.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:32 PM   #28
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I'm in Canada, it's the law for the eye goop but the midwives said it's no big deal if they don't do it. They noted it in my file and it wasn't done. They do do routine tests for STD's while pregnant so they knew I didn't have any. I did vit K shot because I felt it was important. In Canada they don't do Heb B until age 12.
The hospital I delivered in does not do eye goop so it's not a law.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:46 PM   #29
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Re: Did anyone decline eye ointment for baby?

Maybe it's provincial? I know it said in my hand book from the midwives and the midwives confirmed it. I'm in Ontario.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:45 PM   #30
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Possibly. I'm in NB. I did have to sign an authorization for the vit k shot. No eye goop here though.
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