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post #21 of 29
I'm still not sure what I'm going to do about the vitamin k shot - but I've heard you can get oral drops to give to the baby daily instead - anyone have any knowledge about that option?
post #22 of 29

The pros and cons of the oral drops are discussed in the link from Science Based Medicine that Matty posted... I'd take a look at it. It's quite thorough. 

post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 

Peagasus, I haven't heard of the infant drops, but you could google taking alfalfa supplements during your third trimester to up mom and baby's levels...not sure if I'm recommending it, just something I heard about, and had this bottle of alfalfa tabs someone gave me as a basic green formula so decided might as well take them...still going to get the k shot though I think....

post #24 of 29

I didn't do Vit K with my last two but after MONTHS of research we will be doing it this time, and we always do PKU.  No eye crap or Hep B, though. www.iansvoice.org

post #25 of 29

I apologize if someone already mentioned this (it's been a few days since I've read this thread), but I remember reading earlier in the thread someone asking if there were any additives to the vit K shot. There definitely ARE! I already have the vit K shot for our baby (in my homebirth kit) and read the ingredients ... definitely some preservatives in there. I can post a pic of the box or give more info if people are interested. 

 

We have always declined the eye drops and all vaccines, but opted for the PKU and have done different combos of vit K with each birth. Our oldest DS had the shot at about 1 week old; our first DD didn't have any vit K at all; our 2nd DD, we gave the vit K drops once a week for 12 weeks, and this current DS will most likely be getting the shot. 

post #26 of 29

Please do. As I posted upthread, AquaMephyton has only fatty acids, benzoyl alcohol, and dextrose. If you've got a version with something else in it, that would be good to know about.

post #27 of 29

This is the site I got my Vit K drops from last time for my DD2 - if anyone is interested in ordering it. http://www.birthwithlove.com/categories/itempage.asp?prodid=Vitamin+K+1+%28Vit+K+1+%29Oral+Vit+K

 

And this is the package for the Vit K injection my midwife gave us in our birth kit

 

The box itself says there are no preservatives added ... but what are those added ingredients, then? Aren't some of them preservatives??

 

 

 

post #28 of 29

None of those are preservatives. Polysorbate 80 and propylene glycol are used to stabilize the drug in solution, and the other two (in their tiny, tiny quantities) are used to adjust the pH of the solution. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, so you can't just put it in water and expect it to dissolve. It needs some help from other compounds to stay stable and thereby stay usable. 

 

Also, that is a super-retro-looking box there. Wow! Assuming it is still in date that has nothing to do with anything, but since I do this for a living, I enjoy observing the choices that companies make in their packaging. :wink 

post #29 of 29

Oh erigeron -- thank you so much for explaining all that and giving me peace of mind! And I agree with the box -- interesting! The exp date is 2015, so we're good. ;)

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