Why Do Newborns Need a Vitamin K Shot?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-asthmaCauseAllergies-enHD-AR1.jpgWhy do newborns need a dose of vitamin K at birth? Find out what the experts have to say.newborns, babies, shots for newborns, vitamin k, giving babies vitamin k, vitamin K shot, newborn shots, do babies have to get vitamin K, vitamin K deficient bleeding, VKDB, clotting, blood clotting, bleeding disorders, newborn tests04/02/201812/18/201812/18/2018Michelle M. Karten, MD04/02/201833001eb3-c26e-4963-a362-ce8c76d21e31https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vitamin-k-shot.html/<p><em>I'm pregnant with my first child, and my OB told me that my baby will get a shot of vitamin K right away. Is this really necessary?</em><br /><em>&ndash; Nina</em></p> <p>Yes, health experts recommend that all newborns get a dose of vitamin K at birth. Babies aren't born with enough of this important vitamin, which is needed for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a> to clot normally.</p> <p>Babies who don't get vitamin K at birth are at risk for a potentially fatal bleeding disorder called <strong>vitamin K deficient bleeding (VKDB)</strong>. VKDB can cause bruising or bleeding in nearly every organ of the body. Almost half of VKDB cases involve bleeding in the brain and brain damage.</p> <p>Babies are at risk for VKDB for the first 6 months of life. That's because most of the vitamin K the body makes comes from the foods we eat and the healthy bacteria in our intestines. Until they start eating solid food at about 6 months of age, babies don't have enough naturally produced vitamin K. And nursing moms don't pass enough vitamin K in their breast milk to protect their babies from VKDB.</p> <p>Why, then, do some parents delay or refuse their newborn's vitamin K injection? A study in the early 1990s suggested a link between the vitamin K shot and childhood cancer. Many studies since then have found <strong>no connection</strong>&nbsp;between vitamin K and cancer. But that misinformation is still readily available online. As a result, some families are delaying or skipping the shot, or looking for other ways for their infants to receive vitamin K.</p> <p>Some European countries let families choose an oral form of vitamin K. But this is far less effective than the shot at preventing bleeding, especially in the brain. Oral vitamin K is not available for newborns in the United States.</p> <p><a href="https://get.adobe.com/reader/"><img class="right" title="Get Adobe Acrobat Reader" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/AdobeAcrobat-enBT.png" alt="Get Adobe Acrobat Reader" /></a>No parent enjoys the thought of their little one getting a shot. But a single injection of vitamin K can protect a baby from a serious, even deadly preventable bleeding disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/documents/vitamin-k.pdf">more info</a> about the vitamin K injection and VKDB.</p>¿Por qué los recién nacidos necesitan una inyección de Vitamina K?Los expertos de la salud recomiendan que todos los recién nacidos reciban una dosis de vitamina K al nacer. Los bebés no nacen con suficiente cantidad de esta importante vitamina, que es necesaria para que la sangre se coagule con normalidad.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/vitamin-k-shot-esp.html/38ca475e-5092-4672-a372-995303aa86a4
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