Antibiotics Now suggested Before C-Sections

Pregnant women about to feel a cesarean delivery should be given antibiotics right before the procedure to help prevent infections, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now Advise.
Infection is the most common problem of cesarean deliverance and occurs in 10 percent to 40 percent of women who have the procedure, compared with 1 percent to 3 percent of women who deliver vaginally, according to the college.
Typically, antibiotics were only given after a cesarean delivery because it was believed that if they were given prior to birth, they would make their way into the baby's blood and hold up with newborn lab tests or lead to antibiotic-resistant infections in the newborn.
"Based on the hottest data, prophylactic antibiotics given to pregnant women facing a cesarean significantly reduce maternal infection and do not come out to harm newborns," Dr. William H. Barth, Jr., chair of the ACOG's Committee on Obstetric Practice, said in a college news release.
"We're recommending that all women who undergo cesarean get a preventive course of antibiotics previous to the surgery starts. Ideally, this should happen within 60 minutes of surgery”.
Women who require an emergency cesarean should be given antibiotics as soon as probable, according to the new recommendation.
Still, the proposal would not apply to pregnant women who are already taking antibiotics for another condition, Barth noted.


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