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Health council recommends injection of vitamin K for the baby immediately after birth

Health council recommends injection of vitamin K for the baby immediately after birth

Also, the Health council advises now to babies who are breastfeeding are going to get an injection of vitamin K immediately after birth.

Newborns have which vitamin is needed for blood to clot. A deficiency can bleeding cause. That can lead to lifelong disability, writes the Health council in an advice to the Dutch minister Edith Schippers of public Health.

In other countries it is already usual to after the birth as a vitamineshot. Children with the rare liver disease galgangatresie have a lot less strokes than Dutch babies with that condition.

Henkjan Verkade, professor of pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen, concluded a year ago that the advice of the Health council was inadequate. The council advised earlier to babies who are breastfed daily a small amount of vitamin K is to serve.

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