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Vitamin K for Newborns: Myths versus Facts

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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, .1 Midwifery CEU

Despite being a routine aspect of newborn care since the 1960’s, Vitamin K for newborns has recently come under fire from parents concerned about possible side effects. Top internet search results for Vitamin K turn up numerous myths, including: “You don’t need Vitamin K if you have a gentle birth,” “Vitamin K causes leukemia,” and “Vitamin K isn’t necessary unless you plan to circumcise.” However, research evidence has consistently shown these rumors to be false. The goal for this presentation is for you to walk away with facts to help you have more informed discussions with clients about Vitamin K. In this presentation, we will cover the history of oral and injectable Vitamin K, risk factors for Vitamin K deficiency bleeding, and the research evidence behind Vitamin K supplementation.