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Are vitamin K injections safe for babies with G6PD deficiency?


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Published At October 24, 2022
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am currently pregnant with twins. I have G6PD deficiency, which I may pass on to my babies. My midwife told me that babies need vitamin K injection at birth. If so, I wanted to know whether my babies need vitamin K at birth and I read that it can be harmful to babies with G6PD deficiency. Are the injections really necessary?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

1. Vitamin K ingestion at birth is necessary because there are vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors synthesis happen in the liver. If vitamin K is not given, then there will be vitamin K deficiency, which can lead to bleeding.

2. Injection of vitamin K is usually 0.5 ml, which is very minimum and very safe, even in G6PD deficient patients.

3. Here, not giving vitamin K can be more fatal than giving it.

4. In my opinion, you should give. You can discuss this with your doctor as well.

Happy to serve you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati
Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati


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