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Doctors Plot to Steal Baby When Parents Refuse Shot

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Despite the fact that parents have the right to choose whether or not to allow a vitamin K shot for their child, with many hospitals requiring consent forms for such, some hospitals are persecuting parents for exercising this right
  • In September 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Illinois hospitals, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and pediatricians by Illinois families who had their babies taken from them for refusing the vitamin K injection
  • Recordings of a meeting of members of the Illinois Department of Health’s Perinatal Advisory Committee (PAC) have since been released, revealing that doctors were plotting to take custody of newborns and administer vitamin K injections in violation of the parents’ rights
  • While most newborns do require vitamin K, a vitamin K injection is not the only option to attain it; oral vitamin K drops are a safe alternative

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all newborns receive a shot of vitamin K at birth, which is intended to help prevent a rare condition known as vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Babies have very little vitamin K when they're born, which is necessary to help form clots and stop bleeding.

Giving a dose of vitamin K can help babies, most of whom are born with insufficient vitamin K levels, to avoid potentially life-threatening internal bleeding, including in the brain or intestines, but the vitamin K shot is not the only solution. Oral vitamin K can also be used, as can naturally increasing the infant's levels via breastfeeding (which requires that the mother's vitamin K levels be optimized).

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