vitamin K shot
When my triplets were born I didn’t have a chance to really examine whether or not I wanted to give them a vitamin K shot and within moments after birth, right after their Apgar scoring, they had one.  
While the main reason to give the vitamin K injection is that newborns are not born being able to clot in the way an adult can.  With low levels of vitamin K, some babies can have very severe bleeding – sometimes into the brain, causing significant brain damage. This bleeding is called the hemorrhagic disease of the newborn (HDN).
Many parents are forgoing consent of the vitamin K shot because of the risks listed below or opting for oral doses.  Many healthcare practitioners do not recommend the oral route because newborns have difficulty absorbing the full dosage or, as a result of spitting up, do not ingest the full dose.
Below are a  few facts you need to know about the Vitamin K shot and whether or not to consider giving it to your newborn:
1. SYNTHETIC ANALOG: The vitamin K shot administered at birth is not biocompatible natural vitamin K1, or phylloquinone—but rather contains phytonadione, a synthetic K1 analog.
2. TOXIC FILLERS: The vitamin K shot contains toxic immunogenic substances capable of binding to self-tissue and eliciting a self-directed immune response, such as aluminum.

It likewise contains the carbolic acid phenolic acid from coal tar, castor oil, propylene glycol, the antimicrobial acetic acid, the highly corrosive substance hydrochloric acid, and GMO soy.

Another ingredient in the shot, benzyl alcohol, is linked to jaundice, cardiac or respiratory distress, seizures, and shock.
3. CANCER RISK: Administration of intramuscular vitamin K given to neonates increases the risk of development of acute lymphoblastic leukemia 1-6 years after birth by 79% (Parker et al., 1998).

4.  VITAMIN K JUST AS EFFECTIVE: Studies, including the prestigious Cochrane collaboration, elucidate that oral vitamin K has comparable efficacy in prevention of hemorrhagic disease of the newborn—findings which have led countries like the Netherlands to abandon the practice of vitamin K shots at birth.

“The current Dutch vitamin K practice guideline consists of prophylactic administration of 1 mg vitamin K orally directly after birth and a daily dose of 25 μg from day 8 onwards” (de Winter et al., 2011).


Why do infants have low levels of vitamin K anyway? It appears that mother nature goes to a lot of trouble to regulate vitamin K levels.  The diet of the mother really doesn’t affect levels of Vitamin K because Vitamin K doesn’t cross the placental barrier well.

In fact, it usually takes weeks or months before the gut of the infant is colonized with commensal vitamin K producing bacteria.

Researchers propose, of course, that this low level of vitamin K at birth is by design: “the low vitamin K level is a secondary protective mechanism for xenobiotics, such as [benzo(a)pyrene] BP, that may escape the primary placental screen…”

“… This protective effect of low K1 levels is particularly important in the presence of the high mitotic rates and rapid cell turnover in the avian embryo and mammalian fetus” (Israels et al., 1995).

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