Vitamin K and Newborns


 

Given that:

 

– Vitamin K is not easily transported from the mother to the fetus through the placenta

– Newborns have sterile intestines and cannot initially synthesize vitamin K.

– Human milk has very low concentrations of vitamin K,

 

some authors recommends that all newborns receive a single intramuscular dose of Vitamin K, since Vitamin K is a liposoluble vitamin necessary for:

 

a)     the prevention of oxidative damage

 

b)     Ca++ and phosphate metabolism

 

c)      the vision process

 

d)     the synthesis of some coagulation factors

 

e)     the differentiation of epithelial cells.

 

 

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