Vitamin K Shots for Infants?

Here is a link to the article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola.  Here are a few things that made me think:

“This injection is routinely done to almost all newborns, unless you, as a parent, refuse to consent.  You can find specific instructions about how to get around the Hepatitis B shot, vitamin K injections, or the application of silver nitrate into your newborn’s eyes at Vaccine Liberation Organization.”

“The great news: Vitamin K shots are completely unnecessary for your newborn.”

“Vitamin K is necessary for normal blood clotting in adults and children. Some babies (in fact, most of them) are born with insufficient vitamin K levels.”

“The amount of vitamin K injected into newborns is 20,000 times the needed dose.”

Fortunately, the alternative to these outrageously unnecessary newborn injections is amazingly simple: give the vitamin ORALLY. It is safe and equally effective, and devoid of any of the previously mentioned troubling side effects.

Oral vitamin K is absorbed less efficiently than vitamin K that is injected. However, this can easily be compensated for by adjusting the dose. And since vitamin K is nontoxic, there is no danger of overdosing or a bad reaction.

Ultimately, the choice about whether or not to consent for your baby to be given a vitamin K shot is yours. At least now you have the information with which you can make an informed decision.

Oh, the things I wish I would have known before having my children.

~ by cmb0414 on April 8, 2010.

One Response to “Vitamin K Shots for Infants?”

  1. Just reading that oral can be just as effective, however it needs to be given at birth, 3-7days and 6 weeks. Also reading that breastfed babies show a later onset of Hemorrhagic Disease(if they are going to get it)since breast milk doesn’t contain the levels of Vit K like formula…BUT colostrum should have a good amount. I was ok with the injection at first, but now I don’t know what to do. I had no idea that the injection was 20,000 times the recommended amount. that concerns me as well as what the other additives the injection may have. I will have to ask at my next appt. to see if they can do an oral administration.

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