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From the Vaccination Re-Education Discussion Forum Facebook Group!
It’s a synthetic vitamin given to keep blood clotting correctly in your newborn. The 'K' is for 'Koagulant' (German for 'Coagulant'), it's a synthetic blood clotter, not a vitamin needed at birth. A lack of Vitamin K may cause severe bleeding in newborn babies. Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting.
Jaundice is a sign of Vitamin K overdose. Jaundice is pretty common in our newborns these days.
The US has the highest 1st day infant mortality of any of the industrialized world. What do we do on day 1 of a baby’s life? We give them Vitamin K and Hep B (and eye ointment).
There are several studies comparing the efficacy of Oral K vs Vitamin K injections. Both studies below show Oral K to be as effective as Vitamin K. injections.
Newborns (and all animals for that matter) have lower levels of Vitamin K at birth for a beneficial, protective, reason.
First, in order to absorb Vitamin K we have to have a functioning biliary and pancreas system. Your infant’s digestive system isn’t fully developed at birth which is why we give babies breast milk (and delay solids) until they are at least 6-months-old, and why breast milk only contains a small amount of highly absorbable Vitamin K.
Too much Vitamin K could tax the liver and cause brain damage (among other things). As the baby ages and the digestive tract, mucosal lining, gut flora, and enzyme functions develop, baby can process more Vitamin K.
Low levels of Vitamin K at birth just makes sense — to be able to squeeze its head through the pelvic area during birth. It’s also so that the stem cells from cord blood can pass easily throughout the body and brain to repair any damage from delivery… delayed cord clamping is ideal… preferably until it stops pulsing!
That way, the baby receives the other 1/3 of its own blood back.
A newborn's natural prothrombin levels reach “normal” levels between days 5 and 7, peaking around the eighth day of life, related to the buildup of bacteria in baby's digestive tract to produce the Vitamin K that is necessary to form this clotting factor. Day 8 is said to be the only time in a baby's life when his prothrombin level will naturally exceed 100 percent of normal.
BUT IS IT NEEDED?
This is an excellent article with several links on Vitamin K as well as Dr Suzanne Humphries (MD) on YouTube stating why newborns don’t need K. http://journeyboost.com/2015/05/15/vitamin-k-links/
Risks: Things like forceps, vacuum, circumcision, internal fetal monitoring, narcotic pain meds, epidurals... they all increase the risk. So with increased interventions - a lot of which have become standard in the business of birth- it increases the clot factor.
Several factors contribute to the low levels of Vitamin K in newborns: First, the maternal supply of the vitamin doesn’t cross the placental wall easily. Second, the immature liver of the newborn (particularly in premature infants) not only can’t store much Vitamin K but also doesn’t use it well. Finally, it takes the infant weeks or months to begin colonizing the gut with the bacteria that produce Vitamin K. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vitamink/facts.html
It has also been hypothesized that, while most vitamins and nutrients protect the fetus more than the mother in the presence of deficiency, low levels of Vitamin K in the newborn infant may protect the mother against excessive bleeding during the birth process.
A Danish study revealed no cases of VKDB in about 396,000 babies who received weekly oral prophylaxis of 1 mg per week from birth until they reached three months of age (Hansen et al 2003).
Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), also referred to as hemorrhagic disease of the newborn (HDN), is categorized by time of occurrence: Early onset (within 24 hours of birth), classic onset (within 24 hours to 7 days after birth), and late onset (2 weeks to 2 months or more). Most babies do not experience blood clotting problems despite their naturally low levels of Vitamin K. Early and classic-onset VKDB is seen in between 1 in 60 and 1 in 250 newborns and generally presents as easy bruising or external bleeding, sometimes from the umbilical cord or circumcision site.
Early-onset HDN disease can be severe and is usually linked to the use of anti-seizure or blood-thinning medications by the mother during pregnancy. Late-onset bleeding is rare, occurring in between 1 in 14,000 to 1 in 25,000 infants. Despite its rarity, late-onset VKDB is important to be aware of and diagnose as soon as possible. There are rarely any “warning bleeds.” (mild bruises, nose bleeds or umbilical oozing) Between 30 and 60 percent of affected babies have bleeding within the brain that can lead to serious brain injury or death. Source: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007320.htm
Also, intestinal malabsorption defects (cholestatic jaundice, cystic fibrosis, α-1-antitrypsin deficiency etc.) are a well known frequent cause of late VKDB. Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1754.1993.tb00480.x
Since 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended supplementing low levels of vitamin K in newborns with a single shot of vitamin K given at birth.
“But my doctor said there’s a preservative free version!”
When a doctor tells you “We have a preservative free version,” he/she is referring to Amphastar, which has 10 milligrams of Polysorbate 80. Please do not assume that because it is “preservative free” it is “safe.”
Vitamin K1 injections are made under several brand names:
Why is synthetic Vitamin K bad?
Well check out the SDS. Pfizer says there’s hazardous ingredients and it shouldn’t even come in contact with your skin!
Adverse reactions include: Deaths, transient "flushing sensations" and "peculiar" sensations of taste have been observed, as well as rare instances of dizziness, rapid and weak pulse, profuse sweating, brief hypotension, dyspnea, and cyanosis. Pain, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site.
The possibility of allergic sensitivity, including an anaphylactoid reaction, should be kept in mind. Infrequently, usually after repeated injection, erythematous, indurated, pruritic plaques have occurred; rarely, these have progressed to scleroderma-like lesions that have persisted for long periods. In other cases, these lesions have resembled erythema perstans. Hyperbilirubinemia has been observed in the newborn following administration of phytonadione. Hemolysis, jaundice, and hyperbilirubinemia in newborns, particularly in premature infants.
Aquamephyton/ Hospira, contains:
Black box warning: If you’ve been around long enough, you may have heard that Vitamin K has a black box warning. A black box warning is the most serious medication warning required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s saved for such as serious adverse effects or life-threatening risks.
All manufacturer directions for routine infant administration of vitamin K state that it should be given by the subcutaneous route (directly under the skin.)
The black box warning for Vitamin K is warning for INTRAVENOUS AND INTRAMUSCULAR USE. Not subcutaneous. https://medlibrary.org/lib/rx/meds/vitamin-k1-2/
A common medical practice is to cut the umbilical cord almost immediately after birth; this practice deprives a baby of a significant amount of blood - up to 40% of the baby's normal blood volume, and thus up to 40% of the platelets and other clotting factors that nature intended to help control bleeding.
There’s tons of other benefits to delayed cord clamping including:
HoneyComb Labs and Herb Science are two brands that many people recommend. While synthetic, it is much safer taken orally than when injected.
There are several studies comparing the efficacy of Oral K vs Vitamin K injections. Both studies below show Oral K to be as effective as Vitamin K injections.
The present Dutch guideline recommends 1 mg of vitamin K1 orally at birth, followed by a daily dose of 25 μg of vitamin K1 from 1 to 13 weeks of age for breastfed infants. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2151775/#!po=81.6667
Netherlands receive an oral dose of 1 mg vitamin K directly after birth. In addition, because breast milk contains little vitamin K, breast-fed infants receive a daily dose of 25 micrograms the first three months. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12731461/
Unrestricted access to the breast in the early days after birth is important, due to the higher levels of vitamin K in colostrum. Colostrum is super high in vitamin K. The importance of early feeding has been recognized since the 1940's. Babies who have been fed within their first 24 hours have significantly better coagulation times than babies not fed until after 24 hours.
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