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The Potential Dark Side of the Routine Newborn Vitamin K Shot

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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 to make informed decisions.

By Dr. Mercola

It has been standard practice in the US and most western countries since 1944 to welcome babies into the world by subjecting them to a variety of medical interventions, one of which is a jab with a syringe full of vitamin K.


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