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Unfortunately, the start of this video where I announced I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time and held a discussion on Vitamin K and Hep B had to be cut off due to sound issues. I know, I am just as devastated as you are!
Here is a little information on Vitamin K and Hep B. Like anything I have covered in these sessions, it’s best to discuss these with your care provider.
It’s also important to remember that you always have a choice and you need to decide what is right for you and your family after reading the best available evidence.
Vitamin K is not an immunisation, it is a Vitamin.
This article explains in detail what Vitamin K is and why it is given.
You have three choices when it comes to Vitamin K
You can choose for your baby to have it via a once-off injection into their thigh (0.1ml)
You can choose for your baby to have the dose orally (via the mouth). This is done at birth, again at around 4 days post-birth, and if your babe is exclusively breastfeeding it will have a third dose at 4 weeks post-birth. The evidence on this method is that it is not as effective due to the way it is absorbed and baby spitting it out. If your baby vomits within an hour after having a dose, it is recommended it have a repeat dose.
You can decline it – please ensure you are well-read about Vitamin K and why it is given if this is your choice.
Hep B is an immunisation – it is recommended that your child receives the Hepatitis B vaccination after it is born and then again at 2, 4 and 6 months. Please discuss this and any other immunisations, with your care provider.