A five-week-old baby had a brain haemorrhage following his parents’ decision to decline a vitamin K injection, The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.
The baby is now in a serious condition and, if he survives, will most likely be severely disabled, according to Telegraph journalist Jane Hansen.
The baby, from northern New South Wales, is said to be caught up in the growing anti-vaccination movement happening in Australia.
“It’s difficult to see how the anti-vaxers have got hold of vitamin K as their latest bit of science to reject but it is wilfully negligent to deny your child a perfectly safe, potentially life-saving treatment,” Australian Medical Association (AMA) president, Dr Michael Gannon, told Mamamia.
“This poor little baby, if it survives, there’s a very good chance it will have cerebral palsy,” he added.
The obstetrician says the vitamin K shot can prevent “disasters” but some parents are refusing it because they have been given false advice that it might be dangerous.
“This is just a very safe, simple, cheap, effective form of science. It prevents a devastating condition. If you as a parent get it wrong, your child has a stroke, your child can die or can be damaged for ever,” Dr Gannon told Mamamia.