Babies are born with very small amounts of vitamin K in the body that regulates blood clotting, and that is why in most western countries it is practiced to give vitamin K injections to babies immediately after birth.
Older children and adults get vitamin K through healthy bacteria in the intestines and through a healthy diet. Vitamin K deficiency can cause wounds to heal slowly, small scratches to bleed profusely, and a small bruise to form a small blow.
Babies are born with very little vitamin K in the body because this vitamin does not reach the placenta during pregnancy, and the baby’s intestines in the stomach still cannot produce healthy bacteria that then produce vitamin K. After birth, small amounts of this vitamin reach the baby through the mother’s milk, and it takes a few weeks for the baby’s gut to develop good bacteria.
Vitamin K injections
In the last 20 years, most maternity hospitals around the world have been giving vitamin K injections to all babies after birth, but the problem is that many parents are not informed about it at all because it is in a way a routine. Parents are usually not told the reason why babies get this injection or asked for their opinion even though they have a choice in this case.
Injection or drops?
Recently, when information on almost all topics in the world is available to everyone, parents of newborn babies have discovered that there is an alternative solution for injections, which are drops of vitamin K. Only two doses of these drops are needed for all babies, one immediately after birth. and another 3-5 days later, and if the baby is breastfeeding, doctors will recommend another dose of drops after the age of four weeks.
Parents have a choice in the case of vitamin K injection, although its use is recommended by all doctors and experts, and it has been proven that it does not bring any unwanted consequences. Some babies experience mild redness and pain at the injection site, as well as after any other vaccine, but be sure to consider it because this injection is the best possible prevention when it comes to hemorrhagic disease in babies caused by a lack of vitamin K.
Why is vitamin K necessary?
- For blood clotting.
- For the prevention of hemorrhagic disease.
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