Vitamin K – Pros and Cons with the Newborn Vitamin K Injection
Vitamin K is the shot that is given to your newborn immediately after birth without your consent.
I have a friend who is in her third trimester (actually many friends of mine are expecting) and this particular friend is questioning the pros and cons of receiving the Vitamin K injection. She is having her baby in the hospital and was wondering if she has the right to refuse the newborn vitamin K injection and if she does, will she be harming her baby?
I decided to do a little research and this is what I concluded about the vitamin K injection for newborns…
You probably have done alot of research yourself about the pros and cons of this vitamin k shot. Are you still confused and wondering what the best thing is to do? If you don’t make a decision, then it’s human nature to do nothing, your baby will be born and the nurse will give the routine, painful vitamin k shot within minutes of birth and you won’t even think about it until later.
The medical staff gives the vitamin k shot without your consent and without ever asking you.
The Vitamin K injection given to newborns is 20,000 times more than the needed dose.
Okay, so this is what I have come up with…
If 1 in ten thousand babies actually need the extra vitamin k, then why are we giving 9,999 babies the shot for no reason?
Are there signs that your baby will give you if they need the vitamin k injection?
- bleeding from the umbilicus, nose, mouth, ears, urinary tract or rectum
- any bruise not related to a known trauma
- pinpoint bruises called petechiae
- black vomit (it’s black from the blood)
- bleeding longer than 6 minutes from a blood sampling site
- symptoms of intracranial bleeding
Can you refuse the vitamin k injection?
- yes, if you sign the waiver before the baby is born
- there is no law requiring you to give your baby vitamin k
Vitamin K shots ARE NOT required by state law, but they are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the standard of care for newborns in the hospital.
What can I do to be at no risk for HDN? (Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn)
(‘they’ say that if you don’t have the vitamin k injection, your baby is at risk for HDN)
- Have a natural birth (no c-section, no epidural, no forceps, no suction). I have heard that the the epidural pack says that epidurals can cause brain hemorrhage in the infant.
- Allow the umbilical cord to stop pulsing before clamping and cutting – allowing all the babies blood to go back to the baby (increasing vitamin k and iron counts)
- Eat foods with good vitamin k content, if you are concerned – take alfalfa. (alfalfa is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers – actually can help with milk supply)
If you decide to give the vitamin K injection to your newborn, do a couple things first:
- At the very least, the injection should be delayed until after the baby has learned to nurse
- Check out your option of oral vitamin k vs the injected vitamin k.
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