It has been basic practice in the US and most western countries since 1944 to welcome babies into the world by subjecting them to a range of medical interventions, among which is a jab with a syringe loaded with vitamin K.
This injection is routinely done to practically all babies, unless you, as a parent, refuse to consent.
Birth is a frustrating sensory experience for your baby. He has never before skilled feelings of cold or hunger, been blinded by synthetic lights, or felt the touch of human hands or metal instruments, paper or cloth. Even gravity is a foreign sensation.
A needle stick can be a dreadful attack to a baby’s suddenly overloaded sensory system, which is aiming to get used to the outside world.
If your baby has a shortage of vitamin K, he might spontaneously bruise or bleed. This can occur within the first 12 weeks of birth. Early warning signs are bleeding from the nose or mouth, or bleeding from the umbilical stump or bottom.
Vitamin K is Necessary for Your Baby
I recently had the enjoyment of speaking with the foremost professional on the planet on vitamin K, Dr. Cees Vermeer, PhD, Partner Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Maastricht (in The Netherlands). I am thrilled to be able to show you a few of the current information about vitamin K that he showed me.
While this injection itself may be inappropriate for reasons I will cover in information, vitamin K is absolutely essential for your newborn. However, there are much safer and non-invasive methods to stabilize your baby’s vitamin K levels that don’t require a possibly destructive injection.
Why Is This Shot Given up the First Place?
Vitamin K is necessary for regular blood clot in adults and children. Some babies (in fact, most of them) are born with insufficient vitamin K levels.
In some babies, this shortage can result in a serious bleeding condition, generally in the first week of life, called Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN). Internal bleeding occurs in the brain and other organs, resulting in major injury or potentially even death.
While this disease is unusual (occurrence of 0.25 percent to 1.7 percent), i it is has been basic practice to offer injections of vitamin K as a preventative procedure to all babies, whether or not risk factors are present.
Your newborn can be at increased risk for HDN if any of the following are present:
- Preterm delivery
- Low birth weight
- A forceps or vacuum extraction delivery
- Mother’s use of antibiotics, anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, and some other medications during pregnancy
- Unnoticed liver disease
- Exceptionally fast, or exceptionally lengthened labor, particularly during the pushing phase
- Delivery by C-section
Regrettably, the present requirement of care concerning Hemorrhagic Disease of the Baby and vitamin K was put into practice without appropriate research to determine what was best for newborns. These shotgun approaches were definitely practical for the doctors but did not have any sort of factor to consider of potential side effects for the baby.
Increased rates of circumcision instantly after birth, before infants can develop their vitamin K levels naturally, has actually contributed to making vitamin K injections routine, to reduce the risk for increased bleeding from these early circumcisions.
As explained by one Mercola reader, it is intriguing to note that a newborn’s natural prothrombin levels reach normal levels between days 5 and 7, peaking around the eighth day of life, associated to the accumulation of bacteria in baby’s digestion tract to produce the vitamin K that is necessary to form this clotting aspect. Day 8 is stated to be the only time in a baby’s life when his prothrombin level will naturally go beyond One Hundred Percent of normal.
As it turns out, Genesis 17:12 of the Bible mandates the circumcision of baby young boys on the 8th day after birth– a suggestion pronounced long before we had the science to back it up.
I will leave any conclusions to you about the significance of this anecdote, but it is however intriguing.
As far as I know, only one state has a law mandating vitamin K injections– New york city State, ii which is notorious for limiting and preventing exemptions to vaccinations and other mandated medical treatments for children.
Nevertheless, you can discover specific guidelines about how to pull out of injection (and obtain oral vitamin K for your newborn), for New Yorkers and homeowners of other states, at Vaccine Liberation Company, which has a page particular to New Yorkersiii who want to avoid the Hepatitis B shot, vitamin K injections, or the application of silver nitrate into your newborn’s eyes.
The Dangers of the Shot They Do not Alert You About
There are three main areas of risk related to these injections:
- Amongst the most significant is causing pain instantly after birth which has the prospective to cause psycho-emotional damage and injury to a newborn.
- The amount of vitamin K injected into newborns is 20,000 times the needed doseiv. Furthermore, the injection might likewise consist of preservatives that can be poisonous for your baby’s delicate, young immune system.
- An injection produces an extra opportunity for infection in an environment that contains some of the most harmful bacteria, at a time when your baby’s body immune system is still immature.
It is, however, also essential to correct the record about one myth that has been propagated for years about the dangers of vitamin K injections in newborns.
It was recommended some years ago that vitamin K injections were connected with cancer and leukemia. Nevertheless, that conclusion was in mistake. There is NO recognized association in between the two.
As mentioned above, these injections may not be the best approach of delivery for the needed vitamin K– but the increased risk for cancer is not a legitimate issue.
Although premature clamping of the umbilical cord must be prevented as it can result in prospective brain damage, there is insufficient evidence to say that this can result in lower vitamin K levels in babies, although you will sometimes see this claim made.
Causing Pain Just After Birth May Have Long-Term Impacts on Your Newborn
For more than a century, numerous physicians have actually maintained a rejection of baby pain, based on ancient bias and “clinical proof” that was long ago disproven. Numerous have made claims that newborns don’t feel pain, or remember it, the method adults do.
In reality, not just do babies feel pain, but the earlier they experience it, the more harmful and longer lasting the psychological results might be.
Dr. David B. Chamberlain, psychologist and co-founder of the Association of Pre-and Perinatal Psychology and Health, composed in his post “Babies Don’t Feel Pain: A Century of Rejection in Medication”: v.
” The earlier a baby undergoes pain, the greater the potential for damage.
Early pains include being born prematurely into a manufactured ‘womb,’ being born full-term in a man-made delivery room, being subject to any surgery (major or minor), and being circumcised.
We should inform the medical community to the mental risks of early pain and require the removal of all manufactured pain surrounding birth.”
Back in 1999, Science Daily published an articlevi about the findings of a research team at the Washington School of Medicine that newborns who are exposed to a series of painful treatments display a variety of long-term results as older children, including a modified reaction to pain and an exaggerated stress reaction.
A 2004 studyvii found that really early pain or stress experiences have lasting adverse consequences for babies, including modifications in the central nerve system and changes in responsiveness of the neuroendocrine and body immune systems at maturity.
Likewise, a 2008 research study of analgesia in babies and childrenviii concluded:
” Healthy babies routinely experience sharp pain during blood tasting for metabolic screening, injection of vitamin K or liver disease vaccine, or circumcision.
Acute pain brought on by skin-breaking treatments can lead to physiologic instability and behavioral distress, and it has downstream effects on subsequent pain processing, advancement and stress responsivity.
Because of these damaging effects, reduction and prevention of pain are worthy clinical objectives that are also anticipated by many parents.”
In addition to the above, the possible injury from the injection can also endanger the facility of breastfeeding, which is detrimental to both mother and baby.
ORAL Vitamin K Is a Safe & Effective Technique to Provide Necessary Vitamin K
The alternative to vitamin K injections is astonishingly easy: offer the vitamin ORALLY. It is safe and similarly efficient, and lacking any uncomfortable side effects.
Oral vitamin K is soaked up less effectively than vitamin K that is injected. Nevertheless, this can easily be compensated for by changing the dosage. And because vitamin K is non-toxic, there is no danger of overdosing or a bad response.
If you are breastfeeding, which I hope you are, your baby can be given a number of low oral doses of liquid vitamin K1 and get the same security from Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn as he would get from an injection.
Ultimately, you ought to consult your pediatrician about the dose that is appropriate for your baby.
The Cochrane Partnership has determined the following dosing schedule, which results in very comparable rates of defense from HDN:
- 1 milligram liquid vitamin K weekly, OR
- 0.25 milligram liquid vitamin K daily
In the future, research is had to better determine guidelines about the oral vitamin K dosing for newborns. Nevertheless, bear in mind that there have been no adverse effects observed in adults or babies who receive vitamin K doses much greater than what is really required. And the dose offered orally will be far less than the megadose given by injection.
So in the meantime, there is no risk in overshooting the mark rather to make sure your baby is adequately secured until accurate dosing standards are offered by science.
You can also increase your baby’s vitamin K levels naturally if you are breastfeeding by increasing your own vitamin K levels.
The milk of lactating women has actually been checked, and many milk is low in vitamin K because the women themselves are vitamin K lacking. If women take vitamin K supplements, then their milk becomes much richer in vitamin K, as you would expect.
Inning accordance with Dr. Vermeer, mothers who are properly supplementing themselves with vitamin K and are breastfeeding may not have to give their babies extra K supplements.
But you should be cautious here that your vitamin K levels are optimum, and for the majority of women, the vitamin K soaked up from foods is normally inadequate, so a supplement is likely needed.
What You Had to Do PRIOR TO Your Baby Is Born
Eventually, the choice about whether to authorization for your baby to be given a vitamin K shot is yours. A minimum of now you have the information with which you can make an informed decision.
How do you want your baby’s first few moments of life to be?
There are lots of inevitable pains that you can’t avoid, no matter how much you might want to protect your child from all pain and suffering. Why not get rid of one source of pain that is absolutely unneeded and under your control?
If you decide to not expose your child to vitamin K1 as a shot and would prefer to have it provided orally, you will have to make it VERY clear to not just your OB doctor however likewise ALL the nursing personnel, as they would be the ones that really administer the shot.
During the excitement of the delivery it will be very challenging to keep in mind that your baby was not expected to have the shot. So it would likewise be handy to have somebody like your partner at the delivery advising them that your child must NOT get the shot.
Please note that is the same strategy I would suggest using if you reach the very same conclusion as I did about hepatitis B vaccines offered to babies.
However remember you need to be proactive. Typically the nursing personnel will not ask for your permission to provide this vaccine or vitamin K shot as they are basic practice so they do not need your consent. So you have to be persistent in your demand.
It is so worth it though to take the additional steps to protect your newborn. I would highly encourage you to make the additional effort.