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Vitamin K

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doughnutty Tue 13-Oct-09 16:18:04

Never started a thread and know this topic has been covered before but not recently.

Just had last antenatal class and forgot to ask about vit k.

Can anyone help? Why is it given? pros and cons etc

Supercherry Tue 13-Oct-09 20:07:33

Vitamin K deficiency bleeding affects 1 in 10,000 newborns and is almost completely preventable by giving an injection or oral solution of vitamin K shortly after birth.

I chose the oral solution as I didn't like the idea of my newborn DS having an injection so soon after birth. This did mean that the oral solution had to be given again at a later date (can't remember the exact details to be honest). The injection is just a one off.

There is some quite useful info on this website re: pros and cons:

www.womens-health.co.uk/vitk.asp

doughnutty Wed 14-Oct-09 11:00:59

Thanks SC. Feel much more informed now.

lou4791 Mon 19-Oct-09 16:24:33

I chose for my baby not to have vitamin K. He had a non-traumatic birth and I make sure I get lts of vitamin K in my diet as i'm fully breastfeeding. Have a read of this article, for a different viewpoint from the usual. www.aims.org.uk/Journal/Vol13No2/vitk.htm -

love lou x

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