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What is the vitamin K injection and when will your baby be offered it?

One of the notable parts of the first day after birth is that you’ll be offered a vitamin K injection for your baby, so it’s a good idea to know what’s what.

Vitamin K is very important as it helps blood clot. Babies have a lot less vitamin K in their blood than adults, and this means that they can lose more blood if they start to bleed.

About 1 in 10,000 babies have vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), but the injection can pretty much eliminate this risk. The injection is made with bovine vitamin K, which is derived from cows. 

If you have any concerns about the vitamin K injection, just ask your midwife for more details!