Usually yes, sometimes no.
Just minutes after I delivered my first child a nurse squirted antibiotic ointment into his eyes. My husband asked what it was for, and I called from bed, “It’s in case I have an STD.” The nurse laughed at my frank answer, but my husband was quite horrified. So what is that antibiotic eye ointment newborns get and what is it for? Do all new babies really need it? Is it safe to decline this medicine for my newborn?