Capital & Coast DHB Women's Health Obstetrics & Maternity Service
Vitamin K Prophylaxis and your Baby
Vitamin K is essential to the clotting of blood, but levels of the vitamin are very low in newborn babies. Without vitamin K, a small proportion of babies (1:10,000) may suffer some form of haemorrhage in the first 6 months of life. This is known as vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), and it can cause irreversible damage and even death.
- Vitamin K Prophylaxis and your Baby (PDF, 138.4 KB)