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TN newborns get rare bleeding disorder after parents refused vitamin K shots

 

4 babies diagnosed with preventable bleeding disorder

 

A bleeding disorder in babies so rare that it typically affects fewer than one in 100,000 is becoming more common in Tennessee because parents are refusing vitamin K injections at birth, according to
pediatric specialists.

 

Since February, four babies with no signs of injury or abuse have been sent to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with either brain hemorrhages or bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Robert Sidonio Jr., a hematologist, diagnosed them with vitamin K deficiency bleeding.

 

After discovering that all four had not received the preventive treatment, which doctors have been giving to newborns since the 1960s, he started making inquiries. Pediatricians told him parents are increasingly refusing consent because of concerns based on misinformation or the goal of having natural childbirths.

 

“These were all patients that were born at home or born in the hospital, but all had declined vitamin K,” Sidonio said.

 

All four children survived, but the three who suffered brain bleeds face challenges.

 

“These are kids that end up having surgery to remove the large amount of blood out of their head or they would have died,” he said. “It’s early. It’s only since February, but some of the kids have issues with seizure disorders and will have long-term neurological symptoms related to seizures and developmental delays.”

 

The babies initially appeared healthy, then began bleeding weeks after their births once their tiny bodies had depleted what little vitamin K they had.

 

Dr. Anna Morad, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt, said years ago no one ever questioned the protocol of giving the vitamin injection the day a baby is born. These parents also typically refuse a hepatitis B vaccine, which is given to the babies to protect them from possible exposure from the mother. The doctors blame “debunked” studies — reports that have not stood up to scientific scrutiny — still floating around on the Internet that have linked vaccine ingredients to autism and vitamin K injections to leukemia.

 

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Just awful.

 

The brainwashing by Wakefield apologists and the anti-science community has real life consequences. 

 

Can't imagine the guilt they must (should, at least) feel, knowing they are solely responsible for their kids having these issues, because they put more faith in something they read on the internet than in their doctor's recommendations.

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The brainwashing by Wakefield apologists and the anti-science community has real life consequences.

 

I agree that the growing distrust between the general public and the scientific community on this issue is largely caused by the people making debunked claims linking vaccines to autism.  The problem however is that I think it's persisted largely because of the perception that the scientific community puts out bias studies that are bought and paid for by interested parties.  I don't know how often that happens or even if it really does, but the perception is there and it has created a major credibility problem.  Average people aren't able to read a study and know if it's valid or not.  

 

I honestly think most people that refuse vaccines and, in this case vitamin shots, are just trying to err on the side of caution.  Sadly they end up doing the exact opposite.  My daughter is only 7 months old and I'm still getting "advice" from well meaning family members and friends about the dangers of vaccines and... well apparently everything in the damned world.  It really is a pain in the ass giving each potential danger enough time to really feel good about what to believe.  

 

She's had all of her shots but she's getting filtered tap water for the fluoride, which may be a sinister toxin forced on us by a tyrannical government.   She is only eating organic fruits and veggie mush that I've been forced to prepare at home however, because I have learned (been told) the stuff my mom fed me is poison.  Terrible terrible poison.   :)     

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We almost opted out of the Vitamin K because my nut-job SIL brought it up. Our baby didn't even go 24 hours before we had them administer the shot after doing quick research. 

 

My argument is simple—before modern medicine people did not live very long and babies had a high mortality rate despite having very "natural" lifestyles. Soda and fast food and inactivity are bad but modern medicine isn't bad. Not perfect, but not evil.



their kids,their choice

It's negligent. Just because it's your kid doesn't preclude you from being an awful parent. 

 

Or the resurgence of things like whooping cough because more and more parents don't see a need to vaccinate against it. Thanks, assholes.

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it is not required

I thought being a awful parent was a right?

Only inasmuch as kids, regardless of age, have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Must be horribly difficult for kids with brain damage to live to their true potential and pursue happiness. 

 

Seems a callous position for someone who is Pro Life. 

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Only inasmuch as kids, regardless of age, have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Must be horribly difficult for kids with brain damage to live to their true potential and pursue happiness. 

 

Seems a callous position for someone who is Pro Life.

There is no right to a life w/o risks or bad choices by parents.

I wouldn't exactly call myself pro-life but I do like pointing out killing innocent humans is icky

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There was a time when someone did something bad/incorrect/with poor judgement that this person was held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions (or in this case gross negligence caused by INaction).   Now you just blame someone else/religion/rights/etc.

 

'Merica!

 

Yes I totally agree. People used to be chastised for making awful choices like this but many people are now like "well it's their choice!; they can do whatever they want with THEIR child!!, their religion said this so its okay." I don't understand how people can believe crappy websites with questionable or no sources making claims about vaccines. It's mind boggling.

 

Just the other day, one of my typically more intelligent relatives on facebook posted a story about the "true link" finally found between autism and some vaccine. I looked up the doctor and hes a con artist who lost his medical license and the study has been shown to be fabricated multiple times. I just don't get why people believe things like this without checking their veracity or sources,

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There was a time when someone did something bad/incorrect/with poor judgement that this person was held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions (or in this case gross negligence caused by INaction).   Now you just blame someone else/religion/rights/etc.

 

'Merica!

 

They are certainly accountable for their choice....if there was none they would not be 

 

Freedom, get some

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There was a time when someone did something bad/incorrect/with poor judgement that this person was held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions (or in this case gross negligence caused by INaction). Now you just blame someone else/religion/rights/etc.

'Merica!

Where and when was this? Seriously. That is such a bizarre statement because it seems to run opposite to what I'm seeing. Has there been a time where a parents right to raise their child as they see fit has been less respected?
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I'm not even sure what twa is trying to troll err teach us here.

 

Are we not even supposed to recognize stupidity that almost causes the deaths of multiple small children anymore?

 

Yes, parents have rights blah blah blah.  No one is saying they don't, so move on.

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Just the other day, one of my typically more intelligent relatives on facebook posted a story about the "true link" finally found between autism and some vaccine. I looked up the doctor and hes a con artist who lost his medical license and the study has been shown to be fabricated multiple times. I just don't get why people believe things like this without checking their veracity or sources,

 

Can only assume that was Wakefield.

 

Does Ken still post on this board?  Just trying to figure out if I should steel myself for an emotional but factually devoid argument about how big pharma is responsible for ruining Wakefield's sterling reputation in a scheme to protect their profits, and 200+ citations to studies he hasn't read and I won't either

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Just the other day, one of my typically more intelligent relatives on facebook posted a story about the "true link" finally found between autism and some vaccine. I looked up the doctor and hes a con artist who lost his medical license and the study has been shown to be fabricated multiple times. I just don't get why people believe things like this without checking their veracity or sources,

'Cause they don't belong to ES and know that everything they post will be challenged like it's a doctoral thesis defense presentation.

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While I understand that parents choice should and always plays a role..there are times when the government must override those choices (because to me its in the best interest of society as a whole to do so).

 

I think this is one of them. 

 

Personally, I liken it to parents who refuse rudimentary health care and claim that God will save little Timmy rather than the $3 antibiotic that the evil government is trying to heal little Timmy with.  

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Coming from someone who doesn't believe that there is a link between vaccinations and autism, I can somewhat understand why some parents get swept up in it. Many people in this world are emotional instead of logical. All it takes is for them to hear anecdotal evidence of a link or speak to a friend who has an autistic child who whole-heartedly believes there is a link. That's enough to put doubt in many peoples' minds.

 

My wife and I had to discuss this to death with both our children. My point of view and facts finally won out. But I'll tell you something, after being so insistent about vaccines I definitely breathed a sigh of relief when each child hit milestones between the ages of 2 and 3. I would have felt accountable for my decision and for my persistence if something happened. All the stories and statistics and beliefs flying around make it very easy to fall victim. And you can read all the studies and facts that you want to, but if you are more emotional than logical in nature, it's a tough sell.

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their kids,their choice

 

 

 I wouldn't exactly call myself pro-life but I do like pointing out killing innocent humans is icky

 

 

Seems that you're quite at peace with it, actually.

 

Their fetus, their choice.  

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