WHO recommendation on newborn routine nasal or oral suction

Newborn

WHO recommendation on newborn routine nasal or oral suction

 

Recommendation

In neonates born through clear amniotic fluid who start breathing on their own after birth, suctioning of the mouth and nose should not be performed.  

(Not recommended)

 

Publication history

First published: December 2012

Updated: No update planned

Assessed as up-to-date: September 2012

 

Remarks

  • This recommendation has been integrated from the WHO Guidelines on basic newborn resuscitation, in which the GDG for that guideline determined it to be a strong recommendation based on high-quality evidence.  
  • No further remarks were noted.
  • The evidence supporting these recommendations can be found in the source guideline document, available at:

          http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/75157/9789241503693_eng.pdf?sequence=1

 

Related links

WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

(2018) - full document and evidence tables

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice

WHO Programmes: Sexual and Reproductive health

Maternal Health

Newborn Health

 

Citation: WHO Reproductive Health Library. WHO recommendation on newborn routine nasal or oral suction (February 2018). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.