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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.

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