With a new baby in your arms, the last thing on your mind is vitamin K at birth. Yet this is the most crucial time for clinicians and hospital staff to administer the treatment. Often when asked about your preferences for vitamin K at birth you are exhausted, hormonal, and uncertain of facts.
Information about the process, why you would, why you wouldn’t, and particularly what vitamin K is, will help. This small article can save much stress, so if you know a pregnant lady, share it!
Why Is Vitamin K Given at Birth?
Many babies are born with a low quota of vitamin K in the body. As vitamin K is significantly responsible for the clotting system, in some cases, this depletion can lead to a condition known as vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB).
VKDB in the neonatal can occur within the first few days of life, or in a secondary phase usually a few weeks after birth. The latter is more frequently seen as cranial bleeds. Both can be fatal, and both cause significant challenges for the surviving infant.
Mandatory vitamin k injections became widespread in 1961 as most health organizations agreed that this treatment caused a significant decrease in VKDB.
What Is The Concern About Vitamin K?
When vitamin K is given at birth, mothers and fathers can feel more sensitive and protective of their precious, tiny person. Before long, you can guarantee the baby will experience all manner of challenges such as mosquito bites, scratches and other, but right at that moment, it can be daunting to expose baby to anything.
What Is In The Vitamin K Shot?
- Vitamin K1, which is a fat-soluble vitamin derived from plants
- Polysorbate 80
- Propylene glycol
- Sodium acetate anhydrous
- Glacial acetic acid (vinegar)
The injection has been routinely applied since 1961 when it was included in best practice birth methodologies all over the world.
Can Vitamin K at Birth Cause Leukemia?
During the 80’s, there was one controversial study linking the vitamin K at birth injection to an increased likelihood of leukemia but since that time many studies have been carried out with millions of babies, the consensus is that there is no link at all.
Media hype created a frenzy and subsequently the associated fear of increased risk of leukemia remains as a stigma.
Over two decades of clinical and academic investigation relating to the potential link between the administration of vitamin K at birth and leukemia have concluding in a general consensus that there is no link.
Opposition to Vitamin K at Birth
Dr. Suzzanne Humpries has been investigating vaccines for many years, she holds strong opposing views around administered vitamin k at birth, “The more I read about vitamin K, the more I can’t believe that it’s injected into new born babies.” She says.
Her opinion is largely based on the concept that babies are most often born with what they need and it’s more damaging to create blood thickening of up 2000 times than to leave well alone. She also draws attention to the crucial influence of cord-clamping, stating that if a cord is clamped too soon, not enough of the babies blood can be supplied thus causing depletion in minerals, and particularly in stem cells.
Vitamin K as Drops Rather Than Injection
Dr. Joseph Mercola believes that the vitamin “Is mandatory to prevent homeorhetic disease in the new born.” Both he and Dr Humphries agree on one thing. They both mention the option of drops rather than injection. This is because it’s much the same in results but allows a less invasive methodology.
Dr Mercola mentions the measurement of vitamin K in newborns stating that, “We can measure the vitamin K after birth, and there is no difference between injection and oral treatment.”