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Why should I get a vitamin K shot for my baby?

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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A vitamin k shot at birth is the only truly proven way to prevent hemorrhagic disease - a severe bleeding disorder - in the newborn period.
While some european countries use oral vitamin k, studies have not conclusively shown this therapy is equivalent. Long-term safety appears to be excellent.

In brief: Yes

A vitamin k shot at birth is the only truly proven way to prevent hemorrhagic disease - a severe bleeding disorder - in the newborn period.
While some european countries use oral vitamin k, studies have not conclusively shown this therapy is equivalent. Long-term safety appears to be excellent.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ask pediatrician

Rare cases of vitamin k have been reported which is apparently due to a deficiency in the mother. The vitamin is non-toxic and if your newborn has bleeding, your first step should be to go quickly to your pediatrician for diagnosis since there are more common disorders of bleeding.

In brief: Ask pediatrician

Rare cases of vitamin k have been reported which is apparently due to a deficiency in the mother. The vitamin is non-toxic and if your newborn has bleeding, your first step should be to go quickly to your pediatrician for diagnosis since there are more common disorders of bleeding.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ask pedioatrician

Rare cases of vitamin k have been reported which is apparently due to a deficiency in the mother. The vitamin is non-toxic and if your newborn has bleeding, your first step should be to go quickly to your pediatrician for diagnosis since there are more common disorders of bleeding.

In brief: Ask pedioatrician

Rare cases of vitamin k have been reported which is apparently due to a deficiency in the mother. The vitamin is non-toxic and if your newborn has bleeding, your first step should be to go quickly to your pediatrician for diagnosis since there are more common disorders of bleeding.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Prevent bleeding

The vitamin k shot after birth prevents a severe bleeding complication in the first few days to weeks of life.
It is most common in exclusively breastfed babies and can cause severe intracranial (brain) hemorrhage (bleeding). (there are actually three types of vitamin k deficient bleeding after birth, the injection prevents the two more common types.).

In brief: Prevent bleeding

The vitamin k shot after birth prevents a severe bleeding complication in the first few days to weeks of life.
It is most common in exclusively breastfed babies and can cause severe intracranial (brain) hemorrhage (bleeding). (there are actually three types of vitamin k deficient bleeding after birth, the injection prevents the two more common types.).
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Get vitamin K

Seems weird and painful, doesn't it? However, that shot immediately after birth helps stop a thankfully rare but severe and often deadly cause of infant bleeding.
The reason it is given at birth is that later, it's just plain too late. The damage is already done.

In brief: Get vitamin K

Seems weird and painful, doesn't it? However, that shot immediately after birth helps stop a thankfully rare but severe and often deadly cause of infant bleeding.
The reason it is given at birth is that later, it's just plain too late. The damage is already done.
Dr. Cory Annis
Dr. Cory Annis
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn, which vitamin k prevents is deadly and difficult to recognize till it is too late.
This is something that should not be skipped under any circumstances.

In brief: Yes

Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn, which vitamin k prevents is deadly and difficult to recognize till it is too late.
This is something that should not be skipped under any circumstances.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: YES

Vitamin k shots prevent bleeding into the baby's brain.
The brain damage caused by lack of vitamin k induced bleeding is forever. You only have one chance to prevent this damage.

In brief: YES

Vitamin k shots prevent bleeding into the baby's brain.
The brain damage caused by lack of vitamin k induced bleeding is forever. You only have one chance to prevent this damage.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics

In brief: To prevent bleeding

The fetus gets little vit k from the placenta.
Vit k is needed to help clot blood normally, and without it babies are at risk for severe bleeding. Oral vit k is available, but there are reports of bleeding in babies who received multiple oral vit k doses instead of one injectable dose. The risk of severe bleeding is overall low, but the risk of injectable vitamin k is lower. Why risk bleeding?

In brief: To prevent bleeding

The fetus gets little vit k from the placenta.
Vit k is needed to help clot blood normally, and without it babies are at risk for severe bleeding. Oral vit k is available, but there are reports of bleeding in babies who received multiple oral vit k doses instead of one injectable dose. The risk of severe bleeding is overall low, but the risk of injectable vitamin k is lower. Why risk bleeding?
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics

In brief: Prevent bleeding

Vitamin k deficiency can cause bleeding in otherwise healthy infants.
Administration of injectable vitamin k has been shown to prevent both early and late vitamin-k-deficient bleeding. The american academy of pediatrics supports the administration of vitamin k to all newborns. The policy statement can be read here: http://aappolicy.Aappublications.Org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;112/1/191.

In brief: Prevent bleeding

Vitamin k deficiency can cause bleeding in otherwise healthy infants.
Administration of injectable vitamin k has been shown to prevent both early and late vitamin-k-deficient bleeding. The american academy of pediatrics supports the administration of vitamin k to all newborns. The policy statement can be read here: http://aappolicy.Aappublications.Org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;112/1/191.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Ensures enough Vit.K

Before the days of newborn vitamin k shots, some babies would have bleeding due to inadequate vitamin k.
Now, each newborn gets a vitamin k shot to prevent that type of bleeding problem.

In brief: Ensures enough Vit.K

Before the days of newborn vitamin k shots, some babies would have bleeding due to inadequate vitamin k.
Now, each newborn gets a vitamin k shot to prevent that type of bleeding problem.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Prevents bleeding

Vitamin k is crucial to prevent bleeding, and newborns cannot make enough vitamin k by themselves.
It is critical to receive this shot at birth, otherwise bleeding, brain damage and death can result. It is safe for your baby to receive the shot.

In brief: Prevents bleeding

Vitamin k is crucial to prevent bleeding, and newborns cannot make enough vitamin k by themselves.
It is critical to receive this shot at birth, otherwise bleeding, brain damage and death can result. It is safe for your baby to receive the shot.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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