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Vit K drops

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I know there was a thread about what your are refusing in the hospital etc. but specifically for those of you who are not doing the Vit, K shot in the hospital, but are doing drops at home, which brand are you going to use and at what dosage -  also, why are you specifically refusing the shot?  Thanks

post #2 of 11

Just commenting to follow this thread. I'm still torn on this one myself.

post #3 of 11
We are doing drops. Have done 2 of 12 doses so far. I picked drops because i am uncomfortable with injections of any kind that arent medically necessary.
post #4 of 11

MMC,  what brand are you using?

post #5 of 11
Scientific Botanicals is the brand we use in our area. We do one drop (1mg) at birth, one at 1 week and one at one month. This is based on multiple countries' protocols where an oral K is standard such as the UK. The Netherlands had a great study of effacacy of oral compared to injected and it was found to be virtually equal in preventing VKDB. However, in the US we can't get the low dose oral version that they use in the study, so most MWs go by the UK protocol using Scientific Botanicals which is an herbal product. It is K derived from nettles, alfalfa, and green tea in an olive oil base.

I don't personally do the injection because I don't like all the preservatives.
post #6 of 11

We are also using Scientific Botanicals, the same dosage protocol that Nukuspot is doing, and pretty much for the same reason (preservatives).  

post #7 of 11
No sure about the brand but our dosage is 1 drop at birth then 1 drop a week for 12 weeks. Im not at home to look at the bottle but i will try to investigate.
post #8 of 11
I think it is this one- scientific botanicals, like pps mentioned upthread. http://www.birthwithlove.com/categories/itempage.asp?prodid=Vitamin+K+1+(Vit+K+1+)Oral+Vit+K but that site says to give 1 drop per day for the first week and then two drops per day for the next 11 weeks.. My midwife said once a week for 12 weeks so thats what we are doing. There are no dosing instuctions on the bottle.
post #9 of 11

The product isn't actually for infants, it's a product for adults.  It just so happens that it is a safe product to use and a low enough dosage that we can use it for our purposes, since the USA does not manufacture any pharmaceutical oral K alternative to the injection for infants, as many other countries do.  I'm actually happier this way, the ingredients are so natural and safe in the SB product. 

 

I would be curious as to where Madi's MW got her recommendation for dosage?  I did a huge project about oral K for my local MW organization a few years ago, comparing different countries who use an oral form of K and their dosing requirements.  I've never heard of giving 1mg/1 drop (or more it sounds like the site Madi posted recommends) per week.  Not that I think it's dangerous or anything...I always am forever curious as to where information like this originated from, and if I had missed it in my project.

post #10 of 11

I think that's the one I want, but I've yet to find it locally. I guess I'll keep looking, but I'm running out of time if I need to order it from the US.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by MadiMamacita View Post

I think it is this one- scientific botanicals, like pps mentioned upthread. http://www.birthwithlove.com/categories/itempage.asp?prodid=Vitamin+K+1+(Vit+K+1+)Oral+Vit+K but that site says to give 1 drop per day for the first week and then two drops per day for the next 11 weeks.. My midwife said once a week for 12 weeks so thats what we are doing. There are no dosing instuctions on the bottle.

Thank you for the ordering link and to all who contributed all the helpful info in this thread! We've never done injections or oral before, but for various reasons will be doing oral for this babe. Thanks again!

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