Recommendations for the prevention of neonatal ophthalmia

Upton Allen, H. Dele Davies, Joanne Embree, Joanne Langley, Mireille Lemay, Gary Pekeles, Noni MacDonald, Victor Marchessault, Scott Halperin, Susan King, Monique Landry, Larry Pickering, Joanne Embree

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Despite the decreasing prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that, as soon as possible after birth, all infants receive prophylaxis with silver nitrate, tetracycline or erythromycin, to reduce the risk of neonatal ophthalmia due to this organism. The use of these agents may also provide some benefit in the prevention of ophthalmia due to other organisms. As well, the Canadian Paediatric Society supports routine prenatal screening for N gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis, and the treatment of identified infections during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-483+485-488
JournalPaediatrics and Child Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Neonatal ophthalmia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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