Skip that Newborn Vitamin K Shot
TheHealthyHomeEconomist – March 15, 2010
We all want to make sure that our newborns are healthy as possible, right? One of the many things we do to these new additions to our world is give them a Vitamin K shot – This is to help with blood clotting. But maybe that is not something that we have to do, if we just ate more Vitamin K rich foods, like leafy green vegetables and butter!
One of the very first things on a doctor or midwife’s to do list after the birth of your baby is an injection of vitamin K. The purpose of this shot is to assist the newborn with blood clotting capabilities in order to prevent the very rare and slow problem of bleeding into the brain in the weeks after birth (risk in about one in every 10,000 live births).
The shot also is a supposed safeguard in case your car is involved in a car wreck on the way home from the hospital or birthing center with newborn in tow. Even a mild injury to a newborn could be life threatening if blood clotting capability is not adequate.