Preventing Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in the Newborn

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Vitamin K deficiency bleeding is caused by insufficient prenatal storage of vitamin K, combined with insufficient vitamin K in breast milk. It presents as unexpected bleeding, often with gastrointestinal haemorrhage, ecchymosis and intracranial haemorrhage.

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Vitamin K is an important component in the clotting cascade. Without it, newborn infants are at greater risk of haemorrhagic disease, with potentially fatal consequences. This is why all newborn babies are offered prophylactic Vitamin K in the immediate period after birth as a routine therapeutic intervention.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Fanfan YU
17 Apr 2021
great resource
Rosemary Blyth
18 Feb 2021
This learning module contains current research relating to Vitamin K prophylaxis and parental decision making. Provides insights for care providers.
Mary-Margaret DOWNING
25 Nov 2023
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Excellent overview. Great about how to inform reluctant parents
16 Feb 2021
New borns are very important in our life thank you very much for the help
Leiola Naulu
18 Feb 2021
This is great it's increased my knowledge. This is good clear topic with information relevant to care.
Bina Baniya
16 Mar 2021
Beatrice Menday
11 Mar 2021
Great sorcery of knowledge in regards to the importance of vitamin K vaccine to newborns.
Debra Matheson
27 Feb 2021
Good resource
Lee-anne Pearce
03 Apr 2021
This article has a good general reminder about Vit K for the newborn.
Candice Cherry
17 Feb 2021
Great resource- quick and succinct with information
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