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Vitamin K & your baby

We all need vitamin K to help our blood clot properly. Because newborn babies have lower levels of vitamin K in their body, they can occasionally get a bleeding problem called vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB). The way to stop this from happening is to give the baby some extra vitamin K.

After birth you'll be asked if you want your baby to have vitamin K, to reduce the chances of them getting VKDB . They can have it either by mouth or as an injection.

The links below give more information about vitamin K and why it's offered to newborn babies.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

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