In December, two babies who did not receive preventive medical measures in due time died at the Children's Clinical Hospital – they did not receive the required dose of vitamin K, and the other was not vaccinated against coughing, and therefore became ill and died of severe complications. Emphasizing the responsibility not only of parents, but also of family doctors and maternity specialists
An open letter says one of the infants was three months old and died of complications of pertussis. He was not vaccinated against this disease. According to the national prophylactic vaccination calendar, the first cough should be given to the baby for two months, to receive full immunity and to receive an additional dose of vaccine (a combined vaccine against pertussis, polyomyelitis, hepatitis B, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type B infection))
Answering the question of whether the first dose of the vaccine will provide sufficient immunity, so that the child does not get pregnant with long cough, said Dace Zavadskaya, an infectiousologist for children and the head of the Vaccine Center – could be, but not so serious, die. She is also one of the hospital doctors who signed an open letter.
The other kid was a month old. He came to the world during the illness, but did not get the required dose of vitamin K. The result is a grouping disorder and bloodsucking in the brain. The hospital's reanimatologists failed to save her.
Vitamin K is used worldwide as a prophylactic bleeding agent since the 1960s, said Dace Sniedze, head of the Neonatology Clinic of the Children's Hospital. Newborns have a physiologically low level of vitamin K-dependent proteins, they are inactive, but for some reason still incomprehensible, there are very few vitamins in the body of the baby. Vitamin A is given artificially to activate the protein. If this was not done, a very small portion of the vitamin deficiency of the newborn caused first day bleeding.
Nevertheless, without receiving this, the second most risky part of life would be the first week, then in the month, but there would be a risk of bleeding in two and three months. Because of the lack of vitamin K, so-called. Bleeding Warning – The baby gets bruises, the blood can be a stool, and does not feel the cabin. "The problem is in late bleeding, which is 60% of the cases in the brain, which is very dangerous," explains Dace Sniedze.
To prevent the bleeding of vitamin K deficiencies or the hemorrhagic disorder of newborns, the baby will give vitamin K after birth. One way is to put it in the muscle on the first day of life – then the child is protected from bleeding. Another convenient way for babies is that vitamin is released in three steps – the first day, the week and at the end of the first month. All three doses are strictly needed to prevent any haemorrhagic disease.
Adults and older children receive the required amount of vitamin K intake with nutrition. The highest risk of bleeding is in infants who have not received vitamin K when they are born and who are fed exclusively with breast milk – little vitamin K. If the infant receives an artificial blend of milk, the risk is not as high as the mixtures are enriched with vitamin K. In Europe, In Europe, an average of 2 to 5 such bleeds per 10,000 children is reported.
estimates Dace Sniedze.
Protects the right of the child to life
Asked whether both parents abandoned vitamin K and a combined vaccine, hospital spokeswoman Vita Stein stated that such information can not be provided and that the intention of an open letter is focused not only on parents, but also on the responsibility of the medical profession.
"We remind you that the introduction of a vaccine and vitamin K is an extremely important preventive measure aimed primarily at reducing child mortality. These activities are conducted according to a specific calendar, whose exact respect is essential for the protection of children at critical stages of development, when the risk is highest. Prevention of the disease is the right of a child who respects both parents and healthcare professionals, "said Dace Zavadskis, anesthetist, reanimatist Vilnis Grīnbergs, child pneumonia Renatta Snipe, and anaesthesiologist Reanimatologist Arta Barzina and Zane Straume in an open letter.
Doctors are urging: "We especially want family doctors and obstetricians to focus on precise and timely provision of preventive measures. Both of these accidents could not have happened if health workers and parents, taking into account the child, take into account modern, proven, established proven medical information and practices.
We in Latvia can be grateful that we are able to present the world's medical achievements. We can be grateful that our country and our professionals have provided us with the best possible ways of protecting our family members, especially children, from the risk of illness, which we have lost millions of children in the world for decades decades ago. Why risk your child's life? Why ask for excuse for inactivity and question the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations? How many children still need to lose their health or even life so that we feel the effectiveness of the vaccination and the consequences of the wrong decisions?
The Law on the Protection of the Rights of the Child states: "Every child has an inalienable right to life and development. The child has the right to free health care provided by the state program."
Refusing to vaccinate, we leave behind safe, proven and effective therapeutic guidelines, we, adults and professionals, directly endanger the life of the child and the right to a healthy life. "
"Doctors should try to persuade their parents"
Zaiga Alksne-Philippe, a 40-year-old pediatrician in America: "The world of having no children in the world is a lot in the eyes, but remember that parents have the responsibility to keep their children healthy, but doctors – help their parents do it." Whenever parents bring their own children in the doctor need to be reminded of the vaccine, be informed about the need, and re-consider this again. In America, of course, parents can also refuse to vaccinate children, then they must sign the appropriate document, know what they are doing and take responsibility .
However, I usually try to discourage such parents from non-vaccination of children. Sometimes it works. First I ask what they are afraid of. Many are afraid of combined vaccines, worried that many babies will be injected into the child at the same time, parents have lots of information on the Internet. But, it must be understood that, for example, a child does not have immunity to cough unless he has received from his mother something that is only possible if he is vaccinated or exhausted.
I believe that all doctors are always trying to persuade their children to be vaccinated, because non-vaccination side effects can be much more terrible. I think sometimes the picture is dark in the dark so she can work. The problem is that today's young parents have not seen manifestations of these diseases, such as polyomyelitis. They have no idea how ill those diseases are, while immigrants from India do not take their children because there are still many people with polyomyelitis that can be seen in this country.
Vitamin K should also be applied to all newborns at once, with one injection, rather than taking drops, and then rely on parents to remember the need to swallow them in the mouth of the second and third times after the specified time. "