Suctioning neonates at birth: time to change our approach
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There's a better way to clear secretions from a neonate's mouth and nose, and it's less likely to cause adverse effects. Practice Changer: Stop suctioning neonates at birth. There is no benefit to this practice, and it can cause bradycardia and apnea. Instead, wipe the baby's mouth and nose with a towel to clear excess secretions and stimulate respiration.
Journal of Family Practice, 63(8) 2014: 461-462