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Vitamin K shot for a baby: why does my baby need one?

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Basically all newborns are born with her low vitamin k levels, which aid in blood clotting.

For most this isn't an issue because a few weeks after birth the levels return to normal. However, in rare cases vitamin k doesn't increase and the babies can suffer from life threatening internal bleeding in the brain or intestines.

Since nobody knows what causes these rare and extreme deficiencies doctors used to require all newborns to receive a vitamin k shot at birth.

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