Skipping vitamin K shot ups brain bleed risk

Skipping vitamin K shot ups brain bleed risk

Source: KING 5 News

Vitamin K is needed by our bodies for blood clotting and it's one of the first shots offered to newborns. More parents are choosing to skip shots, believing it's unhealthy and unnecessary. Now the CDC is reporting a surge of cases of life-threatening brain bleeds in those babies. When the Shaker family had their twins, they decided against immunizations. "Immunizations don't seem very natural. So I just wanted to stay away from them at least for a year," said Melissa Shaker, mother. But two months after bringing the boys home, baby Silas turned very pale. "Like he looked like he was dying white. It was scary," Shaker said. "One of the first questions that was asked of her in the hospital was did you get the vitamin K shot?" said Mark Shaker, baby Silas' father. "It ' s not an immunization. It ' s a vitamin. It ' s one of the important co-factors in coagulation, clotting and prevention of bleeding, " said Dr. Craig Jackson of Seattle Children's.

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