The Potential Dark Side of the Routine Newborn Vitamin K Shot (Dr Mercola)

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

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  • Administering vitamin K shots to newborns has been a standard medical procedure in most western countries since 1944. However, according to Vitamin K expert Dr. Cees Vermeer PhD, vitamin K offered orally is a better option for your infant than injection
  • Vitamin K shots are given to infants to prevent Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN)
  • Giving newborns a syringe full of vitamin K may cause psychological trauma, give infants 20,000 times more vitamin K dose than what is needed, and create an environment for infections to occur.
  • There are safer ways to raise vitamin K levels in newborns; giving vitamin K orally is one way. While breastfeeding enables mothers to transfer low doses of vitamin K to their child, this will depend on the mother’s vitamin K levels.
  • Whether you choose to give your baby the shot or give vitamin K orally, gather all the information needed…

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