I have been asked by staff at a local hospital to "test the water" about vitamin K and how it is administered. The hospital in question administers vitamin K orally and then follow-ups are done by community staff at 6 and 28 days when necessary, also orally. However, NICE guidelines are that it should be administered intra-muscularly by injection in the thigh. Staff at the hospital have asked how mothers would respond to a change from oral to injections. If anyone could give me feedback on this I'd be most grateful. Thanks.
I researched this before DS1 was born, and decided injection was best option. As far as I know our local hostpital still adminiters VK by injection - surely they have some nation statistics/research to go by?
I would prefer injection route. I was offered the choice of both. Went for injection because LO's can be so sicky - if they are a little sick just after you have administered an oral dose, there is no way of knowing if they have absorbed it or thrown it all back up. DS was given one injection when skin to skin with me - far preferred that.
I think the issue with the hospital was how much resistence there would be by parents to changing the method of administration and whether new parents would be against an injection to their baby so soon after birth. I can see an issue with the 28 day follow up as most parents are not regularly seeing midwives by then. Thank you for the feedback everyone - I will pass it on.