Babies treated for brain hemorrhages after parents reject shot

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Doctors in Tennessee say they have noticed an alarming increase in the number of newborns developing a rare bleeding disorder.

Officials say it could be the result of their parents rejecting a Vitamin K shot at birth.

Vanderbilt doctors have treated four infants with brain hemorrhages or bleeding in the gut.

The disorder typically affects fewer than one in 100,000 babies.

Vitamin K helps babies’ blood clot and it is not possible for the mother to provide enough of the vitamin through their breast milk or oral supplements.

Researchers say an old study linking the injection to leukemia, which has been disproven several times, is one of the reasons parents are refusing the shot.

Others want to spare their children the pain of an injection.

However, doctors say the risks associated with refusing the shot are severe.

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