Midwife Vitamin K Informed Consent Mobile App
Newborn babies are born with little vitamin K and breastmilk is low in vitamin K.
How does it work?
At birth the baby’s intestinal tract has no bacteria to make the vitamin, but throughout the first week of life bacteria levels and vitamin K levels naturally increase. Newborns are routinely given a vitamin K injection in most hospitals to prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Disease, a rare but deadly bleeding condition. This type of internal bleeding in a newborn can lead to internal damage, brain damage and even death if undetected. The injection is given in the first hour of life. THIS IS NOT A VACCINATION. Vitamin K deficiency symptoms occur in approximately 6/100,000 newborns who don’t receive any supplementation; some statistics quote as high as 1/100 newborns. Some parents object to their newborn receiving painful routine injections; some dislike the preservatives in the injections, some dislike giving a coal tar derivative. Use the Midwife Vitamin K Informed Consent mobile app to consent to the use of Vitamin K with newborn infant,
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