Should we still be giving an antibiotic ointment to newborns following delivery?

Yes. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force continues to recommend that all newborns be treated with a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent gonococcal eye infections.

How likely is a newborn to get a gonococcal infection if they don’t get the prophylaxis?
“In the absence of ocular prophylaxis, transmission rates of gonococcal infection from mother to newborn are 30% to 50%.”

How bad is this infection for a newborn?
It can cause “corneal scarring, ocular perforation, and blindness as early as 24 hours after birth.”

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