Nah, we'll skip the Vitamin K shots and roll the dice on the brain bleeds

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Nah, we'll skip the Vitamin K shots and roll the dice on the brain bleeds

Postby Pyrrho » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:21 am

For realz.

http://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2016/0 ... -k-newborn

It's standard medical care: Newborn babies get a shot of Vitamin K. It helps their blood clot, and prevents potentially dangerous bleeds. But a few new parents decline the shots for their babies, and their numbers seem to be rising — an apparent trend that’s deeply troubling to doctors from Nashville to New Zealand.

American health authorities do not track Vitamin K refusals. But in recent years, anecdotal reports from hospitals and the CDC have described clusters of several babies who had brain bleeds and whose parents had declined the Vitamin K shot.
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Re: Nah, we'll skip the Vitamin K shots and roll the dice on the brain bleeds

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:06 am

Do they still do the silver nitrate in the eyes thing?
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Re: Nah, we'll skip the Vitamin K shots and roll the dice on the brain bleeds

Postby Anaxagoras » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:08 am

OK, that's stupid but does it have to be a shot?

How about a couple drops in the mouth from an eye-dropper? Some parents these days may have an irrational objection to anything that comes in a syringe, worried that it might cause "Teh Autism".
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Re: Nah, we'll skip the Vitamin K shots and roll the dice on the brain bleeds

Postby Nyarlathotep » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:45 am

Don't think that would help. Most of these anti-vax goons (and there is near perfect overlap of the Venn diagram between anti-vaxers and people who refuse vitamin K for their kids, from what I have seen) are suspicious of modern medicine in general and think everything is a deliberate plot to poison their children. Changing the delivery method wouldn't do any good. For example, there exists an oral polio vaccines and they are just as opposed to it as to the injected version
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Postby Anaxagoras » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:48 am

As a wise man once observed: Can't help fools. Or their unfortunate offspring.
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Postby Nyarlathotep » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:55 am

The "unfortunate offspring" part is the true tragedy of these people's fuckery. If they want to forgo modern medicine and cure their own ailments with rutabega juice and happy thoughts that's their own business, but these assholes take their kids with.
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Postby Anaxagoras » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:49 am

Personally I think some decisions should not be left up to the parents, but what can you do.
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Postby Doctor X » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:27 am

Sometimes I would include the decision to become parents in the first place.

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Re: Nah, we'll skip the Vitamin K shots and roll the dice on the brain bleeds

Postby sparks » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:09 pm

Seconded.

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