Where We Stand: Administration of Vitamin K
The newborn infant is usually given vitamin K soon after birth to prevent a life-threatening disease called hemorrhagic disease.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends:
- Vitamin K should be given to all newborn infants as a single, intramuscular dose of 0.5 to 1 mg.
- Additional research should be conducted on the efficacy, safety, and bioavailability of vitamin K to prevent late vitamin K deficiency bleeding.
- Health care professionals should promote awareness among families of the risks of late vitamin K deficiency bleeding associated with inadequate vitamin K prophylaxis from current oral dosage regimens, particularly for newborns who are breastfed exclusively.
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- Pediatric Nutrition, 7th Edition (Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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