One of the most important things your newborn needs is to receive Vitamin K. Every year many babies die from hemorrhagic diseases caused by vitamin K deficient bleeding. This can be preventing when your baby receives Vitamin K. Vitamin K is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, which does not happen until around day 8. During this time, the newborn is a risk for having a hemorrhagic disease, which can occur in the brain causing permanent damage.
Vitamin K can be given two ways, by injection into the muscle and in the mouth. The best and preferred was is by injection. When a baby has an injection, we are sure the baby has received the medication. When we give the baby this medicine by mouth the baby can spit this medication up and therefore we never really know if the baby had this medication.
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Taking care of the baby’s eyes after the delivery.