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#31 of 36 Old 07-04-2007, 10:55 PM
 
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From what I have read, there are OTHER blood clotting substances that are at higher levels in newborns, to compensate for there being low vitamin K. It appears that the vitamin K is deliberately low in order to prevent certain behavior in certain cells that may lead to leukemia. I can't find the article where I read this, and I know it was very new info and needed a lot more studies to confirm it.

But, even without studies, most people I talk to seem to feel that if nature makes us be born that way, there is probably something to it.

As for the heel prick for testing, I don't think that is the kind of bleeding they are so worried about. They are much more concerned about internal bleeding, especially in the brain.

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Well, my last labor & delivery were superduper fast (90mins) & my son came out with a big bruise on his head from being so forcefully expelled. We weren't planning to get vit. K but decided to once he came out, just in case he had any internal bleeding around that bruise area. I'm pretty sure this next birth will be as fast or faster so we'll probably go with the vit. K again.

As always though, we'll opt out of the eye drops because I am sure that I am STD-free. If I had any question in my mind about that though, I'd go ahead & get them.

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Okay. After I posted that I went back & read this link (http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/VitaminK.html). I read most of it to my DH. I will research vit. K more now, but now we're thinking that we WON'T request the vit. K shot. Geez that was an informative link, thanks!

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I had oral vitamin K on hand in case I wanted it and declined the eye drops with DD.

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I read that the eye drops were mostly for the std's gonorrhea and chlamydia, but that they were also to prevent other eye infections (no specifics).

I have always had issues with my eyes and considered getting the drops to prevent my baby getting anything I may have (I just had pink eye a couple weeks ago and 2 fever blisters back to back last week and this week).
Do you think the eye drops are more helpful or even more detrimental in this situation? I hated getting frequent eye infections/things, and if I could somehow help the baby not experience that, I would.

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\Do you think the eye drops are more helpful or even more detrimental in this situation? I hated getting frequent eye infections/things, and if I could somehow help the baby not experience that, I would.
Welcome!

It's hard to know if the meds would help. I would call an optometrist (sp) or better an opthamologist to ask this question. My gut says no, that they would make no difference down the road, but then I am NO eye expert.

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