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Is it safe to give newborns vitamin k?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Vitamin k helps the newborn to gain the ability to have normal coagulation.
This has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage of the newborn. Because its a shot, many parents do not want to give it but the risk of not giving it can be significant.

In brief: Yes

Vitamin k helps the newborn to gain the ability to have normal coagulation.
This has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage of the newborn. Because its a shot, many parents do not want to give it but the risk of not giving it can be significant.
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

The human newborn does not have the ability to clot normally (without the shot) until about 8 days of age.
This begins naturally after normal gut bacteria are acquired through feeding and help convert vitamin ingested K to an active form. The shot gives them a boost that protects them for the first weeks & decreased brain bleeds from birth trauma.

In brief: Yes

The human newborn does not have the ability to clot normally (without the shot) until about 8 days of age.
This begins naturally after normal gut bacteria are acquired through feeding and help convert vitamin ingested K to an active form. The shot gives them a boost that protects them for the first weeks & decreased brain bleeds from birth trauma.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

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: Yes

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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