VitaMin K

The vitamin K injection is NOT a vaccine.

It is a preventative medical procedure that is often lumped into the vaccine conversation. In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that every newborn receive this shot in hopes of preventing the rare case of Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB).

VKDB is a serious bleeding disorder that can cause internal bleeding. There are three types of VKDB categorized by the age of onset: early, classical, and late.

The article, Vitamin K in neonates: facts and myths from the medical journal Blood Transfusion states:

According to the age of onset, early VKDB presents within 24 hours of birth and is almost exclusively seen in infants of mothers taking drugs which inhibit vitamin K. These drugs include anticonvulsants, antituberculosis drugs, some antibiotics and vitamin K antagonists. The clinical presentation is often severe with cephalic haematoma and intracranial and intra-abdominal haemorrhages. The incidence of early VKDB in neonates of mothers taking these drugs without vitamin K supplementation varies from 6% to 12%.

Classical VKDB occurs between 24 hours and 7 days of life and is associated with delayed or insufficient feeding. The clinical presentation is often mild, with bruises, gastrointestinal blood loss or bleeding from the umbilicus and puncture sites. Blood loss can, however, be significant, and intracranial haemorrhage, although rare, has been described. Estimates of the frequency vary from 0.25% to 1.5% in older reviews19 and 0–0.44% in more recent reviews.

Late VKDB is associated with exclusive breastfeeding. It occurs between the ages of 2 and 12 weeks. The clinical presentation is severe, with a mortality rate of 20% and intracranial haemorrhage occurring in 50%. Persistent neurological damage is frequent in survivors. In fully breastfed infants who did not receive vitamin K at birth, the incidence is between 1/15,000 and 1/20,000. Babies with cholestasis or malabsorption syndromes are at particular risk. (1)

The article goes on to suggest that there might be a physiological purpose for infants being “deficient” in vitamin K. The inability to produce vitamin K might actually serve a purpose and shouldn’t be looked at as a “pathological condition.”

It concludes that oral vitamin K is just as beneficial in preventing classical VKDB as the vitamin K shot. The article encourages the use of oral vitamin K supplementation, even if an infant receives the intramuscular injection.


Here are some possible adverse reactions taken from an insert:

Deaths have occurred after intravenous and intramuscular administration. (See Box Warning.)

Transient “flushing sensations” and “peculiar” sensations of taste have been observed, as well as rare instances of dizziness, rapid and weak pulse, profuse sweating, brief hypotension, dyspnea, and cyanosis.

Pain, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site may occur.

The possibility of allergic sensitivity, including an anaphylactoid reaction, should be kept in mind.

Infrequently, usually after repeated injection, erythematous, indurated, pruritic plaques have occurred; rarely, these have progressed to scleroderma-like lesions that have persisted for long periods. In other cases, these lesions have resembled erythema perstans.

Hyperbilirubinemia has been observed in the newborn following administration of phytonadione. This has occurred rarely and primarily with doses above those recommended


You can read through the vitamin K insert HERE

*Make sure to scroll all the way down to see the aluminum content!


Characterizing the Severe Reactions of Parenteral Vitamin K1

A clinically suspected case of Anaphylactoid reaction to vitamin K injection in a child – a case report and review of literature.

Anaphylactic shock due to vitamin K in a newborn and review of literature

Case-control studies of relation between childhood cancer and neonatal vitamin K administration.

Childhood cancer, intramuscular vitamin K, and pethidine given during labour.

Six years’ experience of prophylactic oral vitamin K.

Late vitamin K deficiency bleeding after intramuscular prophylaxis at birth: a case report


Skip that Newborn Vitamin K Shot

The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns

What about the Vitamin K shot?

Vitamin K Shot

Synthetic Vitamin K Shot for My Baby? No Thanks.


The vitamin K shot (along with the Hep B) are the two injections your newborn is scheduled to receive on their first day of life.

What’s wrong with a vitamin?

Good question.

First of all, it’s synthetic vitamin K1, otherwise known as Phytonadione, and some kids (like mine!) cannot process synthetic vitamins. However, without genetic testing, we are not able to identify infants with an impaired ability to detoxify.

There are a couple brands; one has aluminum as a preservative and one doesn’t. And as we all know, aluminum is a known neurotoxin.

It is given to newborns routinely in the U.S. to try and prevent brain hemorrhaging known as Vitamin K Deficient Bleeding (VKDB) even though this is extremely rare. The theory behind the shot is that newborns and infants up to 6 months cannot produce enough vitamin K to prevent these brain bleeds from happening. They inject them with a synthetic form of K1 along with benzyl alcohol that comes with a warning of its own: “Benzyl alcohol as a preservative in Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride Injection has been associated with toxicity in newborns.”

Doesn’t make you feel good, now does it? It didn’t make me feel good when I started to research this “vitamin” with my last child. I decided to forgo it because I didn’t feel as if the benefit outweighed the risk.

Is it horrifically tragic when infants suffer a brain bleed?


Did I ever find clear evidence that an injection of Phytonadione, aluminum and benzyl alcohol was actually able to prevent that from happening?

Absolutely not.

If you are worried about VKDB, oral vitamin K is a great alternative!


“I’ll never forget the time my own daughter had a severe reaction to a vitamin k injection at birth and screamed endlessly all day until she was bright red, sweaty and shaking. Eventually, I thought all of the stress would wear her down and eventually she would fall asleep. Except she never slept. She actually stopped sleeping. Almost completely. Three to four times a day, 20-minute periods. After she stopped sleeping, she stopped bowel movements. Almost completely. The longest stretch being twelve days. Typical stretches would be six to seven days. All the while, still screaming. All day, all night. My husband and I didn’t sleep either. I would cry most the day and he would pace the house. Our marriage almost didn’t survive. After the sleeping stopped, and the bowel movements stopped, and the screaming never stopped, she developed reflux. Yeah, I know right? Puking so severe she couldn’t lay on her back. If we tried, she would projectile vomit so severely, she would asphyxiate on her own vomit. It would flood her nostrils and cause her to stop breathing. She had to sleep at an incline as a result. Do you have any idea how bad sleeping at an incline is for the spine? She couldn’t enjoy tummy time either for this reason, so she never really learned to crawl. She just started walking. Crawling is an essential and vital part of a baby’s development. After the sleeping stopped, and the bowel movements stopped, and the ability to hold down anything in her stomach started, the talking never arrived. Non-verbal, and yes, the screaming carried through as her primary form of communication until well after two. My prescription pushing pediatrician only seemed to want to prescribe my itty-bitty baby adult antacid medications. So, I fired her for her incompetency to understand the general function of the human body and ignore the importance of nutrition, all with a smug smile while pushing chemicals on my baby. I became a mother who read inserts, Peer reviews studies not “bought” by the pharmaceutical industry (I know science can be bought, shocker) and medical journals. I hired a knowledgeable naturopathic pediatrician who was able to give my baby the Sensory Processing Disorder diagnosis that she desperately needed, and would NEVER have received from my pharmatrician to get the early intervention therapies her brain needed. Simple things. Like speech. Like organizing thoughts. Like sensory integration. Turns out, the aluminum in the vitamin k shot, traveled to my daughters’ brain. Time released aluminum, in a vitamin shot, loaded with benzoyl alcohol, that they give a child at minutes old. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much after this living nightmare became my reality. Primarily because my child didn’t sleep EVER! Have you ever seen a child wake in the middle of the night, trapped between reality and the sleeping realm? It looks a little like demonic possession, and it will literally make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It also made me puke from pure agony. Sleep is a VITAL part of development, btw. She is three years old this last September and barely started to sleep through the night about two months ago. Three years of a delicate detox, to try to get the aluminum stuck in her tissues out of her body. Aluminum is one of the hardest metals to chelate. And it’s in most childhood vaccines as an adjuvant. This was my baby’s reality from the time she was 18 hours old.

Yeah, vaccine injury. It’s real. My daughter’s reaction was medically recognized. It’s listed on the insert as a “hypersensitivity” reaction. Guess what? My doctor told me it’s more common then we think. You are right. I’ll never forget. So, since we refuse to forget, the goal is to get the world to forget us.

I don’t tell my story for sympathy. I tell my story, so others might connect the dots and stop vaccinating their children based on reactions and get them the early intervention therapies they desperately need.”


– Heather Leeann