sorry about that. i had a brain freeze w/ Vit D and K (both of which they tend to think are deficient in babies).
here is why i am chosing not to do Vit K shot (this is from MDC main page...if you do a search for Vit K this comes up).
(questions to Dr. Tenpenny is the title of the section i think...lots here is deleted to keep w/in the UA of 100 words or less..you can search for this article on the FRONT PAGE of MOTHERING.COM))
IRT Vit. K
Vitamin K is given to newborns to prevent a rare form of blood disease.
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There are three types of HDN. Early onset HDN occurs in the first 24 hours, is very rare and mainly associated with mothers who have taken anticonvulsant, antibiotic, antituberculous or anticoagulant drugs during pregnancy
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Vitamin K shots contain PEG-35 castor oil, a solvent. Studies in animals given polyethoxylated castor oil have shown a severe anaphylactic reaction associated with histamine release. Strong circumstantial evidence implicates polyethoxylated castor oil in similar reactions in humans. This synthetic, injectable vitamin K formulation was never subjected to a randomized, controlled trial. There are no long term studies on the effects of this drug on newborn babies.A better way for an infant to have enough Vitamin K at birth are to ensure that the mother eats large quantities of food that contain natural forms of Vitamin K, such as alfalfa, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard and turnip greens, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, oats and green tea. (For a good, well referenced discussion on this topic, see http://www.vaclib.org/basic/vitamin-k.htm)