Baby mouth-taping 'isolated case', says nurses' group

By Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at May 16 2014 07:13 PM | Updated as of May 17 2014 08:44 AM

CEBU - The Philippine Nurses Association-Cebu Chapter (PNA-Cebu) has finally broken its silence over the mouth-taping of a 1-week-old baby by one of its members.

The baby's parents alleged that one of the three on-duty nurses at the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House Inc. told them that they needed to put a pacifier on the baby's mouth and an adhesive tape to hold the pacifier because the child was crying.

The incident occurred last May 9.

This photo of a seven-day-old baby boy whose mouth was covered with tape allegedly by a nurse went viral after it was posted on Facebook. Photo by Facebook user Rye Kido.

Despite criticisms from netizens, the PNA-Cebu is hoping that this will not demoralize the nursing profession.

"It is simply an isolated case because accordingly it only involves one nurse and does not indicate the entirety of the nursing population," said Edith Rose Santos, president of PNA-Cebu.

Santos said they are still waiting for the results of the internal investigation conducted by the involved hospital.

She called on the public not to immediately judge the nurse, adding that all parties must be given due process.