Vitamin K shot: Is it safe?-
Dr. Pierre Loredo, a pediatrician with Lee Health, says the vitamin K shot is given to babies at birth. “Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin. It’s definitely necessary for normal blood clotting.”
Without the vitamin K shot, newborns are susceptible to vitamin K deficiency bleeding. “The symptoms we see with vitamin K deficiency is blood in your urine, blood in your stool, blood in your vomit, and prolonged bleeding after a circumcision,” said Dr. Loredo.
Babies are at risk for bleeding which can lead to brain damage, even death. To prevent vitamin K deficiency, in 1961 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended a one-time vitamin K dose to all children at birth. “Before we used to do the vitamin K shots, about one in 60 kids would have this type of bleeding during the newborn period,” said Dr. Loredo.
Babies have very low vitamin K at birth because only small amounts of the vitamin pass through the placenta. “This is a very, very safe vitamin to give your child to prevent against vitamin K deficiency,” said Dr. Loredo.
It’s important to talk to your doctor about the vitamin K shot before delivery if you have any concerns.
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