What newborn care practices in the delivery room should no longer be continued?

Name of Office: NCDPC

The following practices should never be done anymore to the newborn:

  • Manipulation such as routine suctioning of secretions if the baby is crying and breathing normally. Doing so may cause trauma or introduce infection.
  • Putting the newborn on a cold or wet surface.
  • Wiping or removal of vernix caseosa if present
  • Foot printing
  • Bathing earlier than 6 hours of life
  • Unnecessary separation of the newborn primarily for weighing, anthropometric measurements, intramuscular administration of vitamin K, Hepatitis B vaccine and BCG vaccine
  • Transferring of the newborn to the nursery or neonatal intensive care unit without any indication