Baby's Hospital Checklist

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Baby's Hospital Checklist

At Centra, we follow The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the health of your baby.

Vitamin K:
All newborns are slightly low on vitamin K at birth, which is necessary for normal blood clotting. The Vitamin K shot will prevent bleeding.

Eye Drops:
Eye infections can be contracted as the baby passes through the birth canal. Erythromycin dye drops will be placed in the eyes to prevent infection.

Hepatitis B Vaccine:
The CDC recommends that your baby receive a Hepatitis B vaccine. Mom will be asked to sign a consent form for this first birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine. This series of vaccines is given to prevent a virus that causes serious liver disease. Other doses of the vaccine will be given at your baby’s follow-up appointments. The first does is essential to prevent accidental exposure at birth.

Hearing Screen:
The state of Virginia also requires babies to have a hearing screen.

Pulse Oximetry Screen:
Pulse oximetry is a simple test to determine the amount of oxygen in the baby’s blood. This test can identify some infants with critical congenital heart defects.

Child Identification Program
The Child ID Program if Virginia requires hospitals to offer parents a sample of their newborn’s blood. The blood collected can be used to perform a DNA analysis for use in identifying your child in the event of a future emergency.

A drop of blood is spotted onto a specially designed card, placed in a protective envelope with a drying agent, sealed, and given directly to you for storage and safekeeping. The sample will be collected using your baby’s cord blood after delivery.