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Many first-time parents might not be aware that doctors recommend that all newborns get a dose of vitamin K at birth. It's not often discussed during prenatal checkups, even though this has been a recommended practice by the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1961.
Vitamin K helps to make proteins necessary for blood clotting and building bones. These include, prothrombin, a protein directly involved with blood clotting, and osteocalcin, a protein that helps build bone tissue and requires vitamin K to work.
Babies have very little vitamin K in their bodies at birth. Newborns who don't get vitamin K are at risk for vitamin K deficient bleeding (VKDB), a potentially fatal bleeding disorder. VKDB can cause bruising or bleeding throughout the body, including organs; almost half of VKDB cases involve bleeding in the brain, which leads to brain damage.
It's not just newborns who are at risk. Babies within their first 6 months of life are at risk for VKDB, as they don't have much naturally-produced vitamin K. It's also not a nutrient that nursing moms can pass much of through breast milk. Most of our vitamin K depends on the foods we eat and the healthy bacteria in our intestines, which take time to develop for infants.
Serious, life-threatening VKDB bleeding can start with little or no warning, but babies who do not get a vitamin K shot at birth might show these signs:
Yes, it's important that newborns get a vitamin K shot, as are at risk for serious bleeding without it.
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