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Vanderbilt pediatricians call for a tracking system for babies not getting vitamin K shot



Mark and Melissa Knotowicz declined the vitamin K shot for their infant twins Abel, left, and Silas at birth. Silas had a brain bleed and subsequent seizures.

Mark and Melissa Knotowicz declined the vitamin K shot for their infant twins Abel, left, and Silas at birth. Silas had a brain bleed and subsequent seizures.

Mark and Melissa Knotowicz and twins Silas and Abel. Silas is in the green stripes.Mark and Melissa are part of a story on families declining the vitamin K shot for their infants at birth. They declined it for their twins Silas and Abel. The consequence can be serious blood hemorrhaging, which is what happened to their son Silas who was found to be Vitamin K deficient at about 6 weeks. He had a brain bleed and subsequent seizures. His twin Abel also was found to be vitamin K deficient but had not yet exhibited symptoms. They are sharing their story to help raise awareness for other parents trying to make the decision about Vitamin K. Photo by Joe Howell

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