Vitamin K for Newborn Babies
Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Have you heard about the importance of vitamin K for your newborn baby? Is that a no?
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Let’s talk about why it’s important for our baby,
Vitamin K is an essential substance because it helps our blood to clot, and prevents bleeding especially in the newborn. Babies do not get enough vitamin K from their mothers during pregnancy, or when they are breastfeeding. Babies who are born without vitamin K are at risk of developing a disorder called vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB).
To prevent this, all babies are offered Vitamin K at birth. It can be given as an injection into the muscles or oral. If you choose to have the injection, it is given immediately after birth. If you prefer an oral dose, your baby will need to have 3 doses. The first dose is given at birth, the second dose between 3-7 days, and the third dose between 4-6weeks.
So in the midst of the trills and joy of having your newborn at hand, discuss vitamin K options for your newborn baby, and speak to your care provider.