Figure 8-10. Administration of erythromycin ophthalmic ointment.
a. The amount of time required for the initial bath is determined by local policy.
If the infant's temperature is greater than 98F rectally, the bath may be done after all
admission procedures are done. Otherwise, wait until the infant's temperature has
stabilized above 98F.
b. The procedure for actually completing the bath is also determined by local
policy. Allow the parent to participate if possible. Remove as much of the vernix as
possible. Some may not come off during the first bath because it is so "sticky."
CORD CARE FOR THE NEWBORN INFANT
a. Inspect the cord frequently for signs of bleeding immediately after it has been
b. Apply triple dye (refer to local policy) to the cord after the infant has had his
bath and has been determined to be stable. The dye prevents infection and helps the
cord to dry.
c. Swab the cord with alcohol at least three times per day (refer to local policy).
The alcohol aids in drying.