Vitamin K is a naturally occurring vitamin in humans. In newborns, there are low levels of vitamin K present. In my opinion, this has been something that humans have adapted to for generations. Today, Vitamin K shots are used to prevent hemorrhagic disease (bleeding in the brain). Despite the significantly low occurrence rate (0.25-1.7%), vitamin K is given to every newborn unless the parent interjects. That means they are served the Vitamin K shot with no questions asked. Just like water being served at a restaurant. There is one state, New York, in which the shot is mandated. Vitamin K shots have been standard in the United States since about 1944.
There are specific risk factors that go along with a baby having low Vitamin K:
Low Birth Weights
Forceps or Vacuum Extraction Delivery
Mother’s Drugs During Pregnancy (antibiotics, anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, etc.)
Undetected Liver Disease
So, a lot of things have to line up for the disease to actually present symptoms.
What I don’t like about the vitamin K injection:
- The vitamin K shot is painful.
- It is a synthetic version of Vitamin K.
- Dose can exceed 20-100x more than what is needed.
- Metabolic fate of the synthetic Vitamin K is unknown.
- The baby’s immune system has had no chance to develop.
If you think about it, a newborn is experiencing everything new once they are born. Lights, people, fabrics, gravity, and so much more are all new to a human being entering the world for the first time. An injection immediately after birth, such as the vitamin K injection, has the potential to cause emotional psychological trauma.
- Supplementing your diet with Vitamin K rich foods/beverages (dark leafy greens).
- Breastfeeding on demand.
- Delay cord clamping.
- Look into the oral Vitamin K.
AMRAP 15 minutes
5 Strict Press
- Strict Press can be HSPUs if you are comfortable with them.
- PU can be with a band or ring rows.
- Try to rest 30s between rounds.