Your Baby and Vitamin K: Prevent Dangerous Bleeding in Your Newborn with Vitamin K Injection at Birth

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Your Baby and Vitamin K: Prevent Dangerous Bleeding in Your Newborn with Vitamin K Injection at Birth

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2009-09-18

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When babies are born they have low levels of an important vitamin, vitamin k, in their body. This can lead to a form of unexpected, potentially deadly bleeding between birth and 12 weeks of age. Giving a single injection of vitamin K at birth easily prevents dangerous bleeding in your baby. Some people have concerns about the safety of giving vitamin k injections to newborns. This pamphlet describes how vitamin k injection is a safe and effective way to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) of the newborn.

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The information provided in this handout does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Minnesota Medical School physicians and faculty. These materials are provided for informational purposes only and are in no way intended to take the place of the advice and recommendations of your personal health care provider. You use the information provided in these handouts at your own risk.

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Johnson, Elizabeth Ann M. (2009). Your Baby and Vitamin K: Prevent Dangerous Bleeding in Your Newborn with Vitamin K Injection at Birth. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/53679.

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