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Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingNewborn & Baby · 1 decade ago

Refusing Vitamin k shot and eye ointment for newborn?

I know that in some states it is required by law to administer the eye ointment and vitamin k shot to the baby after delivery.

I believe New York is one of these states.

I have heard stories that some mothers refusing these treatments for thier baby, have been reported to child protection services!

Was just wandering if anyone had any personal experience with refusing the above and if so, what was the outcome?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My mom is a labor and delivery nurse in New York. If a parent refuses the eye ointment and vitamin K, she is required by law to report them to CPS. You can refuse other vaccines, though. I refused the flu shot and the hep. vaccine when my baby was born and didn't get reported.

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  • 4 years ago

    Yes, just ask for the waiver. It helps to have the waiver before you go into labor so that they can't say they can't find it. To others: The reason why some women opt out of the drops is because the baby has blurry vision not for a few hours but for days. In fact, some doctors believe that the ointment blurs the vision for a couple of weeks. There are also some studies that have shown that the ointments do not prevent the bacterial invasion they are supposedly supposed to prevent. I personally have no issue with the ointment, but I would prefer to wait until after an initial bonding period to have it given. On the side of the doctors, while you did get tested at the beginning of your pregnancy for STDs, many women acquire STDs during pregnancy either from their own activities or activities by their partner (often unknown to the mom). In addition, there are other bacterial causes of conjunctivitis. STDs happen to be the most common.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sorry sir you're highly mistaken. There is no law stating that your children HAVE to take these shots. It's only under the "color" of law, which isnt law at all by only policy by those sons of bitches from public schools and CPS. I suggest you find yourself a doctor to inform u on this professionally. You research the effects these shots have had on other babies and if you feel that CPS is going to try and get involved you move away from those ****** criminals!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Reprinted from International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter

    September/October 2002 Issue

    UPDATED May 19, 2004

    by Linda Folden Palmer, DC

    Newborn infants routinely receive a vitamin K shot after birth in order to prevent (or slow) a rare problem of bleeding into the brain weeks after birth. Vitamin K promotes blood clotting. The fetus has low levels of vitamin K as well as other factors needed in clotting. The body maintains these levels very precisely.1 Supplementation of vitamin K to the pregnant mother does not change the K status of the fetus, confirming the importance of its specific levels.

    Toward the end of gestation, the fetus begins developing some of the other clotting factors, developing two key factors just before term birth.2 It has recently been shown that this tight regulation of vitamin K levels helps control the rate of rapid cell division during fetal development. Apparently, high levels of vitamin K can allow cell division to get out of hand, leading to cancer.

    What's the Concern?

    The problem of bleeding into the brain occurs mainly from 3 to 7 weeks after birth in just over 5 out of 100,000 births (without vitamin K injections); 90% of those cases are breastfed infants,3 because formulas are supplemented with unnaturally high levels of vitamin K. Forty percent of these infants suffer permanent brain damage or death.

    The cause of this bleeding trauma is generally liver disease that has not been detected until the bleeding occurs. Several liver problems can reduce the liver's ability to make blood-clotting factors out of vitamin K; therefore extra K helps this situation. Infants exposed to drugs or alcohol through any means are especially at risk, and those from mothers on anti-epileptic medications are at very high risk and need special attention.

    Such complications reduce the effectiveness of vitamin K, and in these cases, a higher level of available K could prevent the tragic intracranial bleeding. This rare bleeding disorder has been found to be highly preventable by a large-dose injection of vitamin K at birth.

    The downside of this practice however is a possibly 80% increased risk of developing childhood leukemia. While a few studies have refuted this suggestion, several tightly controlled studies have shown this correlation to be most likely.4,5 The most current analysis of six different studies suggests it is a 10 or 20% increased risk. This is still a significant number of avoidable cancers.6

    Apparently the cell division that continues to be quite rapid after birth continues to depend on precise amounts of vitamin K to proceed at the proper rate. Introduction of levels that are 20,000 times the newborn level, the amount usually injected, can have devastating consequences.

    The Newborn's Diet

    Nursing raises the infant's vitamin K levels very gradually after birth so that no disregulation occurs that would encourage leukemia development. Additionally, the clotting system of the healthy newborn is well planned, and healthy breastfed infants do not suffer bleeding complications, even without any supplementation.7

    While breastfed infants demonstrate lower blood levels of vitamin K than the "recommended" amount, they show no signs of vitamin K deficiency (leading one to wonder where the "recommended" level for infants came from). But with vitamin K injections at birth, harmful consequences of some rare disorders can be averted.

    Infant formulas are supplemented with high levels of vitamin K, generally sufficient to prevent intracranial bleeding in the case of a liver disorder and in some other rare bleeding disorders. Although formula feeding is seen to increase overall childhood cancer rates by 80%, this is likely not related to the added vitamin K.

    The Numbers

    Extracting data from available literature reveals that there are 1.5 extra cases of leukemia per 100,000 children due to vitamin K injections, and 1.8 more permanent injuries or deaths per 100,000 due to brain bleeding without injections. Adding the risk of infection or damage from the injections, including a local skin disease called "scleroderma" that is seen rarely with K injections,8 and even adding the possibility of healthy survival from leukemia, the scales remain tipped toward breastfed infants receiving a prophylactic vitamin K supplementation. However, there are better options than the .5 or 1 milligram injections typically given to newborns.

    A Better Solution

    The breastfed infant can be supplemented with several low oral doses of liquid vitamin K9 (possibly 200 micrograms per week for 5 weeks, totaling 1 milligram, even more gradual introduction may be better). Alternatively, the nursing mother can take vitamin K supplements daily or twice weekly for 10 weeks. (Supplementation of the pregnant mother does not alter fetal levels but supplementation of the nursing mother does increase breastmilk and infant levels.)

    Either of these provides a much safer rate of vitamin K supplementation. Maternal supplementation of 2.5 mg per day, recommended by one author, provides a higher level of vitamin K through breastmilk than does formula,10 and may be much more than necessary.

    Formula provides 10 times the U.S. recommended daily allowance," and this RDA is about 2 times the level in unsupplemented human milk. One milligram per day for 10 weeks for mother provides a cumulative extra 1 milligram to her infant over the important period and seems reasonable. Neither mother nor infant require supplementation if the infant is injected at birth.11

    The Bottom Line

    There is no overwhelming reason to discontinue this routine prophylactic injection for breastfed infants. Providing information about alternatives to allow informed parents to refuse would be reasonable. These parents may then decide to provide some gradual supplementation, or, for an entirely healthy term infant, they may simply provide diligent watchfulness for any signs of jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin) or easy bleeding.

    There appears to be no harm in supplementing this vitamin in a gradual manner however. Currently, injections are provided to infants intended for formula feeding as well, although there appears to be no need as formula provides good gradual supplementation. Discontinuing routine injections for this group alone could reduce cases of leukemia.

    One more curious look at childhood leukemia is the finding that when any nation lowers its rate of infant deaths, their rate of childhood leukemia increases.12 Vitamin K injections may be responsible for some part of this number, but other factors are surely involved, about which we can only speculate.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i don't understand why you would refuse it?

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