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Vitamin K

We all need vitamin K to make our blood clot properly so that we won’t bleed too easily. Some newborn babies have too little vitamin K. Although this is rare, it can cause them to bleed dangerously.

This is called ‘haemorrhagic disease of the newborn’. To reduce the risk, you should be offered vitamin K which will be given to your baby, either by mouth or by injection.

Your doctor or midwife will be able to explain these options and help you choose the method you prefer.


We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.