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Vitamin K injections

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iris66 Fri 19-Aug-05 12:14:03

does anyone know of any alternatives to giving the vit K jab to newborns? Whilst I don't want to put my baby at risk by refusing to let him/her have it I would much rather have something that would kick start the baby's own production naturally. Help anyone?

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:16:07

mine were given it orally...i know that doesnt answer the question!!

LilacLotus Fri 19-Aug-05 12:16:18

i could be wrong but i'm sure with DD it wasn't a jab, but a spoonful of liquid.

iris66 Fri 19-Aug-05 12:20:34

dd had a jab but I know now they do give it orally as there's apparently less risk. That NHS info states that there is "slight" risk (apparently being investigated in some nordic country for leukemia link) fills me with deep concern!

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:23:01

Talk to your midwife!
my 3 older ones had jab. 2 younger ones oral!
whats the risk if baby doesnt have it?
which is greater? lots of things to ask and think about!

iris66 Fri 19-Aug-05 12:35:58

weighing up for and against is fine and, don't get me wrong, I'm doing that but I just wondered if there was any alternative.

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:40:18

sorry cant help. but your midwife might be able to.

iris66 Fri 19-Aug-05 12:42:13

unfortunately not - but thanks for your advice

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:43:08

didnt really help did I?

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:45:32

any good?

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:47:06

maybe not!!!

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 12:49:03

any good

iris66 Fri 19-Aug-05 12:52:50

No you wreally ere a help (have couple more questions lined up for MW) and brilliant 2nd link! - I am obviously using the wrong search engine!! I'd seen the NHS site stuff and will have a good long read at the Alternative site. thanks again

biglips Fri 19-Aug-05 12:53:55

mine were given orally too

Gillian76 Fri 19-Aug-05 12:54:35

We were concerned about the link to childhood leikaemia, and with DD1 were given the choice of injection or oral. We gave oral and all went well.

With the younger 2 we were made to feel like aliens for even asking (different health authority) but they had oral as well.

If you are breastfeeding they need to have 3 doses (formula contains vit K so not required in that case) for it to be effective. The first dose at birth, the second about 7-10 days later and the third at about a month (a while since we did it so these might not be accurate!).

Don't know if that's any use?

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