Vitamin K for babies
By Thomas B.
There is much controversy about giving vitamin K to babies after the first injection at
birth. So I decided to write this article to give out some quick facts about what vitamin K actually does, where it comes from and what problems low vitamin K levels can
Vitamin K is a collective name for many different types of coagulations vitamins. The most
important effect vitamin K has is to keep the blood coagulation correct. Vitamin K was discovered after
scientific test on chickens. A Danish scientist named Henrik Dam found that chicken that didn’t get the
vitamin in their diet started to get bleeding diseases. And after more experiments he found vitamin K. But
Vitamin K has also shown to have effect on the building of bone structure and the immune
To have insufficient vitamin K is very rare, because type 2 of vitamin K is produced
in the stomach, and can be found in some degree in most food. There is particularly much vitamin K in
spinach, broccoli and soya. Vitamin K is fat soluble and can be stored in the body. The stored vitamin K is
used up very quickly, so even if it can be stored to some degree, babies need a steady intake of the
Babies are given an injection of vitamin K at birth because their intestine is sterile and
cannot produce vitamin K. This is to prevent bleedings that can occur when babies have insufficient amounts
of vitamin K.
Vitamin K has no known side effects, except for persons who are taking blood thinning, in
which case studies have shown that large intakes of vitamin k can reduce the effect from the
medicine. Vitamin K is also used in antidotes against several rat poisons, because most rat poisons
generally has a very blood thinning effect.
So babies can use the extra vitamin K directly after birth, but then as soon as the baby
gets sufficient food and her intestine gets active, the vitamin K is rarely a problem.
Vitamin K is so usual that it is very rare that babies get insufficient amounts even after leaving breast milk and
formula for solid food, this is also much because the largest amounts are produced by the baby itself in the
You can read more about vitamin K on this page, vitamin K for
If you notice that your baby have small bleedings from mouth of nose, you should immediately
contact you doctor. There are different types of vitamin K related bleedings, and some of them come a few
weeks after birth. This bleedings can also be internal and very serious.