Dr. Suzanne Humphries speaks on the totally unnecessary practice of injecting the vitamin K shot into newborn babies –
From the Vitamin K injection label: “The injectable form of vitamin K can cause severe (sometimes fatal) allergic reactions when given by injection into a muscle or vein. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing.”
Potential exists for the newborn to experience hypersensitivity to any component of this medication.
Vitamin K insert
INJECTION AquaMEPHYTON® (PHYTONADIONE)
Aqueous Colloidal Solution of Vitamin K1
WARNING – INTRAVENOUS USE
Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after the parenteral administration of AquaMEPHYTON* (Phytonadione). Typically these severe reactions have resembled hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis, including shock and cardiac and/or respiratory arrest. Some patients have exhibited these severe reactions on receiving AquaMEPHYTON for the first time. The majority of these reported events occurred following intravenous administration, even when precautions have been taken to dilute the AquaMEPHYTON and to avoid rapid infusion. Therefore, the INTRAVENOUS route should be restricted to those situations where another route is not feasible and the increased risk involved is considered justified.