Why I Declined the Vitamin K Shot at Birth

Why I Declined the Vitamin K Shot at Birth

This is one of those controversial posts no one likes to talk about but I think it’s important. Everyone wants to believe that their doctors have their best intentions when it comes to their child’s health and well-being. But, that doesn’t always mean they’ve done the research to the best of their knowledge. Now that I have a child, I am constantly researching and trying to make the best choices for me and my family.

I knew when I gave birth to my daughter that I was going to decline the Vitamin K shot because it’s 20,000 times more than what babies need and it can cause all sorts of problems for infections to occur. I got a shit ton of flack by the nurses when I told them I wasn’t doing the vitamin k shot, and they were acting like I was committing child abuse. I finally had to tell them I would do the oral vitamin k shot with our pediatrician. And they said, by the time I visit the pediatrician (because they don’t do the oral vitamin k at the hospital), she would no longer need it. Well, then I guess she is going without. Yes, I believe there may be instances where a newborn may need it if there are bleeding issues, but my daughter was completely healthy and normal with no visible signs of trauma after coming out of the birth canal. My mind may have changed IF there were issues, but there were not. I also believe the body is capable of doing what God intended it to do. The body is a powerful thing that can heal itself.

There is this brilliant, but anonymous pediatrician who states great points about the synthetic vitamin K shot. (yes, the one they give your child at birth)

You know what “synthetic vitamin K” enthusiasts don’t understand? The thought that babies (and all animals for that matter) have lower levels of vitamin K at birth for a beneficial, protective, reason. I’m just going to throw these “common sense-based” thoughts out there but let’s consider them: and BTW this goes for the Drops as well as the Shot.

  • 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 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…???
  • Secondly, cord blood contains stem cells, which protect a baby against bleeding and perform all sorts of needed repairs inside an infant’s body. Here’s the kicker, in order for a baby to get this protective boost of stem cells, cord-cutting needs to be delayed and the blood needs to remain thin so stem cells can easily travel and perform their functions. Imagine that, a baby has his/her own protective mechanism to prevent bleeding and repair organs…that wasn’t discovered until after we started routinely giving infants vitamin K injections.
  • Third, a newborn might have low levels of vitamin K because its intestines are not yet colonized with bacteria needed to synthesize it and the “vitamin K cycle” isn’t fully functional in newborns. It makes sense then to bypass the gut and inject vitamin K right into the muscle right? Except baby’s kidneys aren’t fully functional either.
  • Fourth, babies are born with low levels of vitamin K compared to adults, but this level is still sufficient to prevent problems; vitamin K prophylaxis isn’t necessarily needed.
  • Finally, several clinical observations support the hypothesis that children have natural protective mechanisms that justify their low vitamin K levels at birth. I don’t know about you, but we should probably figure out why that is before we “inject now and worry about it later.

Do you know why vitamin K is pushed on parents and their children? Because pharmaceutical companies don’t like to lose money, doctors don’t like to be questioned, the American Academy of Pediatrics dare not change its recommendations.

Since 1985, the medical profession has known that oral vitamin K raises blood levels 300 – 9,000 times higher. The injectable vitamin K results in vitamin K levels 100 times thicker than adults blood.

Baby’s blood thickened with vitamin K, causes a situation where stem cells have to move through sludge, not nicely greased blood vessels full of blood which can allow stem cells easy access to anywhere. Maybe one day it will dawn on the medical profession that not only are cord blood stem cells important and useful to the newborn baby, but that stem cells need to thin blood for a reason.

Any fetus which gets being wrung out like a wet towel while traveling down a narrow drain pipe can incur damage in any part of the body, including in the brain, and needs an inbuilt fix-it. And stem cells cross the brain blood barrier. In fact, stem cells can go … anywhere!!! Amazing don’t you think. God’s design has solutions for situational problems. Three solutions, actually. The second is the fact that naturally, in the first few days, a baby’s blood clotting factors are lower than normal.

But … pediatricians consider this a … “defect” … so they want to give vitamin K which results in blood nearly 100 times thicker than an adult’s. This vitamin K injection, so they say … (like they say immediate cord clamping is safe, and normal, and delayed cord clamping is an unproven intervention) … is because the baby wasn’t designed right, and if you don’t give a vitamin K injection, the baby “could bleed to death”.

It’s not for nothing that the vitamin K syringe, sits right alongside that cord clamp and the scissors!

But there is an unanswered question:

“Why are blood clotting factors in babies low in the first few days after birth? Why has a baby got much thinner blood as a result?”

Might a logical hypothesis be, that thinner blood allows freer and quicker access to cord blood stem cells to any part of the body damaged during birth? After all, why should stem cells have to fight through a baby’s blood which is now 100 times thicker than any adult’s, courtesy of another needle?

And, the big black box warning label for the Vitamin K shot straight from the FDA website.

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Hope this helped some of you that are searching about the Vitamin K Shot and whether or not to do it.

I did opt for delayed cord clamping but the dr. did not respect my wishes. So make sure if that is your decision, to remind your doctor.

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32 Comments

  1. September 7, 2017 / 1:54 PM

    Oh wow. I had no idea about any of this! I just went with whatever the doctors said. I sometimes think that we go with what the doctors say because we expect them to know, but they doctors go by what other doctors have done for years. so everybody’s following, but who’s leading?

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 9, 2017 / 5:13 PM

      This is true

  2. September 7, 2017 / 2:43 PM

    Good for you for sticking to your guns! The doctors and pharmaceutical companies aren’t right all the time.

  3. September 7, 2017 / 4:10 PM

    This is a helpful perspective on the matter. My kids are grown up and they might be going through all of these things with their partners some day.

  4. September 7, 2017 / 7:49 PM

    I honestly do not remember if the Vitamin K shot was even a thing when I had my kids – a long time ago haha BUT I would have felt the same way you do! Look, I do not berate those who DO immunize nor do I feel immunizations are bad I just knew for MY kids they were not. Immunizations overall that is. I did have my first born immunized his first two rounds. Both times we literally almost lost him! Back then they did not know what happened or why he almost died but after that I did not go for any more rounds. Years later we found out it was the pertussis vaccination. That one element was what almost killed him because he was allergic to it. However, that was after having my second child who was 2 months premature. Due to my past experience with immunizations and my first born, there was no way I was going to have ANY given to my second. Her little system was not ready to handle them being premature is how I felt.
    Now 22 years later – both of my kids have not had any and some people will dislike me for that. It’s okay. We all have to make the best choices for our children at the time as things come along. To each their own. I support your decision 100%

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 9, 2017 / 5:10 PM

      I feel vaccines should be a choice, not mandatory. We all are making the best choices for our children, not what the world thinks WE need to inject ourselves with. I will post more on vaccines at another time.

  5. September 7, 2017 / 7:56 PM

    To be honest, I had no idea about the Vitamin K shot vaccination. Thank you for putting your honest opinion on the matter – gives us all different perspectives on this treatment.

  6. September 8, 2017 / 2:36 AM

    I work in a hospital an see babies get vitamin K shots every single day. Good for you for doing your own research and doing what you believe is best for your baby.

  7. September 8, 2017 / 4:22 AM

    Vitamin K was not a thing when my kids were born. This is a very informative post. This will help a lot of parents who want to know more about this vaccine.

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 9, 2017 / 5:08 PM

      Vitamin K is not really a vaccine but I will touch more up on vaccines in another post.

  8. September 8, 2017 / 6:46 AM

    I have never even thought about any of this before. This is a lot of info to consider. Thanks for sharing!

  9. September 8, 2017 / 7:37 AM

    I had no idea about the vitamin K shot and I don’t think any of my kids got it.
    It is really interesting to know about it though.
    It is always good to have all facts along with pros and cons, specially with babies!

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 9, 2017 / 5:07 PM

      Vitamin k shots have been given out since 1961 and has become a standard practice at birth, so your children most likely had it if you didn’t decline.

  10. September 8, 2017 / 9:51 AM

    I don’t remember this when I had my kids. But I do feel like they do a lot of things that we don’t necessarily give much thought. If anything, it is good to have the information so that you can make an educated decision.

  11. September 8, 2017 / 12:10 PM

    All of my kids got the shot and it wasn’t something that I heavily researched. This chapter in my life is closed unless we adopt so I won’t have to make this tough decision. I always tell parents to do what they think is the right choice for their child.

  12. Ola
    September 8, 2017 / 1:50 PM

    As a person with a family member with autism, I think it’s important to look into all of the so-called standard immunizations the doctors give to pregnant women. We will probably never know the effects of such immunizations completely. But it’s always good to do your research.

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 9, 2017 / 5:05 PM

      I totally agree, and that will be another topic for discussion!

  13. September 8, 2017 / 2:30 PM

    Is it terrible that this is the first time I’ve heard of the vitamin K shot? I have a 13-year-old and a five-year-old. They were both born healthy but there was definitely no talk of the shot.

  14. September 8, 2017 / 4:06 PM

    I was the very same way with the birth of my children I actually printed up an entire birth plan for my midwife breaking down what I didn’t want them to do with my children and having the vitamin K shot was a no go for me.

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 9, 2017 / 5:01 PM

      That’s what I should have done, printed it out!!

  15. September 8, 2017 / 7:12 PM

    I am so grateful that we live in a world that you can choose whether to take this test or not! So glad for freedom we experience. I hope you and your baby are doing well.

  16. September 8, 2017 / 7:36 PM

    Wow, I never considered this to be a concern. Now, i wosh i wouodve said no, as well.

  17. September 8, 2017 / 9:16 PM

    I’m glad I’m way past the point of having to make these decisions for my children. Hopefully this is an area that will continue to be studied so that parents in the future will only have one clear choice. Thanks for all this information.

  18. September 9, 2017 / 1:40 PM

    You did the research and are able to choose what you want for your child. I know the nurses would argue about it but that out of routine more so. I’m sure that they have done it so long they don’t even know why and if it’s really necessary any more.

  19. September 10, 2017 / 12:29 PM

    Interesting, I really haven’t heard of this. I personally do not have any children but I do have some friends who are approaching their due date so i’ll be sure to pass this article along.

  20. September 10, 2017 / 1:06 PM

    I don’t remember the Vitamin K shot. This is definitely some interesting information though.

  21. September 10, 2017 / 10:54 PM

    This is really helpful information.I didn’t have any idea on such things.As a first time mom,I did whatever doctors recommended. it was same with the vaccinations over the years.Thanks for sharing such details,so other moms to be can get the benefit!

  22. September 11, 2017 / 3:27 PM

    Very informative post. It’s important to know what the options are and to be proactive in making sure your wishes are met.

  23. November 10, 2017 / 2:46 PM

    I’m just glad your child didn’t bleed to death as, believe it or not, babies have died from not receiving the shot. I believe parents should have a choice, but I also believe in making sure you have all the information and know the risks. For us, the shot was worth it. We declined the eye cream though as I didn’t have any STDs or Strep B.

    • Jenn
      Author
      November 10, 2017 / 7:04 PM

      The body can do miraculous things if you let it. Vitamin K shot is not needed.

  24. Chelsea Wells
    August 30, 2018 / 8:18 PM

    I found this article very helpful but would love to see some references. Can you post them? Thanks!

    • Jenn
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 11:11 PM

      Hi Chelsea. Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, the pediatrician that made these statements wanted to be anonymous because when doctors talk out against the healthcare standard, they either lose their jobs or end up missing. If you’re curious about the vitamin k shot as well as vaccines, check out stopmandatoryvaccination.com.

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