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Old 03-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #1
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Why no vit. K at birth?

Not trying to start a debate, but just genuinely curious why some people refuse vit K at birth..what are the pros? I refused the eye goop since I don't have any STDs and didn't see the point, we don't vax, but I did do the vit K to help with clotting for his bili test and others. So tell me - why not vit. K?

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Old 03-20-2011, 09:26 PM   #2
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Re: Why no vit. K at birth?

We would have done it if my dd had had a lot of bruising or was somehow cut or whatever during her birth, but since she was fine, we didn't. No great "why we didn't" story, we just didn't think it was necessary.
ETA: We did do the PKU test at, I think, 3 days, but her blood clotted so well that they had trouble getting enough for the test. It seems to me that the main reason to do it would be if the baby were having surgery or being circumcised or something, but just a needle-poke isn't going to cause a healthy baby to bleed all that much.
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With baby #1 and #2, we gave it only because I didn't really question anything at that time.

With baby #3 we weren't planning on having it done, but because he was so bruised up from coming so quickly, we decided to go ahead with it.

With baby #4, we refused it. Our nurses/doctors didn't even question our refusal at all. I think we may have signed a waiver or something, but that was it.

I refused it because it just didn't seem necessary.

(we would have gotten it IF we circumcised, but we don't)
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I got it as a precaution because I was on bp meds at the time. Had I not been on meds I would have declined it.
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I think that evolution has some reason for babies to be born with lower levels of vitamin K at birth and though I don't know that reason, I don't see any need to mess with nature in this instance. *shrug
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Re: Why no vit. K at birth?

Vit K really isn't necessary unless baby had a traumatic birth OR you are circumcising. I wasn't educated prior to my third baby, and I tried to refuse with her, but the hospital sent a Dr in who recited every horror that could happen without the (risk free!) shot, and I knew he had gotten to my DH, and I was exhausted, so I consented. I wish I'd stood my ground though.
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Not trying to start a debate, but just genuinely curious why some people refuse vit K at birth..what are the pros? I refused the eye goop since I don't have any STDs and didn't see the point, we don't vax, but I did do the vit K to help with clotting for his bili test and others. So tell me - why not vit. K?
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I had it will all 3 of mine, and only one of them was a "traumatic" birth. I don't really care for that term, personally, in regards to his birth. He was a brow presentation and face up, so he was born looking like a Klingon. He had a huge bruise and swelling over most of his face, and my antibody screen was positive, so his billi shot through the roof. Likely the huge bruise did not help. But anyway, for me, the "risks" of the shot were not as great as the risks of not getting it.

We do the eye stuff, too, but mostly because it's just a topical antibiotic, and not a big deal at all. I refuse almost all testing while pregnant aside from a blood test and ultrasound, so as far as my OB's are concerned I could have an STD and not know it, and they don't know it, either. But we also fully vax, so I guess our way of thinking about these things is different than a lot of other families.
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Re: Why no vit. K at birth?

I declined it with my kiddos. I would have used oral vit k drops if we had a very traumatic birth, but both of mine came out relatively easy and quick so I was not concerned at all. DD2 did have some bruising on her head because she came out SO quickly (she was born in less than two hours from when I went into labor, and there was no pushing, she litterly just flew out and flopped onto the bed. lol) but it wasn't severe enough for me to be concerned.

We avoid any unnecessary additions to our body. I trust my body, and my childrens bodies. While I do feel there are times where intervention can be helpful, they all come with risks (and unknowns) and I am only willing to take on those risks if there is a clear reason for a clear outcome.
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We did oral Vitamin K
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We didn't do it because there was no signs of bruisings, scratches or bleeding. We didn't circumcise and we didn't do the PKU until much later. My MW carries it with her just in case.
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