Wednesday Wrap Up – Newborn Procedures

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Which newborn procedures are common where you are depends on a few things: What the law requires in your area, what your local medical societies recommend, and the culture and preferences of your birth place and provider. Here are some you might experience and links where you can learn more about them:

Weighing and Measuring

Baby Birth Weight Statistics
Tracking your Baby’s Weight and Measurements
Average weight and Length in the first year
Nearly all newborns lose weight after birth. Why do hospitals obsess about it?

Eye Ointment

Is Erythromycin Ointment Needed for All Newborns?
Newborn Eye Infections
Eye Ointment for Newborns

Vitamin K

Evidence for the Vitamin K Shot in Newborns
Stats about Vitamin K and newborns in the US
Is oral Vitamin K a good alternative?


In most areas, the only vaccine offered at birth is the Hepatitis B vaccine. The others will generally be offered starting at about 2 months. I’m including links on Hepatitis B here.
Hepatitis B Vaccine for Newborns
CDC Frequently Asked Questions about the Vaccine
Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccine Schedule

Newborn foot with lancet after heel stick. Drop of blood on the heel.

Metabolic Screening

What is the “PKU test?”
Newborn Metabolic Screening
Following Up on Newborn Screening Results

Hearing Screening

Newborn Hearing Screening FAQ
Newborn Hearing Screening
What Parents Need to Know About Newborn Screening
What happens if my baby fails the hearing screen?

Heart Defect Screening

Congenital Heart Defect Screening Information
Critical Congenital Heart Defects
Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening