This Medical Procedure is Outdated and Risky
Increasing numbers of parents are questioning this practice that gives a synthetic vitamin to a newborn. Though doctors warn us against mega-dosing, they will inject 20,000 times the usual level into an infant, intramuscularly.
Why It’s Not Safe
1. The injection also contains toxins – aluminum, polysorbate 80 (which has estrogenic effects) and propylene glycol (a skin irritant). It is not risk-free as claimed. The allergic reactions that occur are linked to the preservatives in the shot.
2. The synthetic vitamin K is called phytonadione. The drug insert warns that it can cause severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions when injected into a muscle or vein, and is ideally taken by mouth or injected under the skin. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, trouble breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
3. Although pregnant women are warned that phytonadione may harm their baby if taken during pregnancy or while breast feeding, a newborn is still given 5,000 times the RDA.
4. It is safe and more effective to give the natural vitamin K orally. Mothers can naturally increase the infant’s vitamin K levels (during breastfeeding) by increasing their own vitamin K intake… leafy greens.
The infant mortality rate in the US is absolutely abysmal, ranking in 34th place after countries like Singapore, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Croatia, and Cuba. This despite spending more than any other country on health care. Americans have a lot to learn about what makes for a healthy baby.