A 29-year-old member asked:
Why do they give extra vitamin k to babies?
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Pediatrics 32 years experience
Prevent bleeding: An injection of vitamin k is given to newborns shortly after birth to prevent "'vitamin k deficiency bleeding". This serious bleeding condition would occur in 0.3-1.7/100 babies without the vitamin k shot. Newborns do not have much vitamin k when they are born because it does not pass easily through the placenta and newborn livers are not able to store it well.
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Prevent stroke: Babies are K deficient at birth and take about 8-10 days before their level comes up naturally to allow proper clotting. The manipulation of the baby through the birth canal or extraction via c-section can predispose the brain to reflect birth trauma as a brain bleed. No extra K= more babies with brain damage.Simple solution to a rare but significant problem.
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Last updated May 11, 2017
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