WHO recommendation on haemorrhagic disease prophylaxis using vitamin K

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WHO recommendation on haemorrhagic disease prophylaxis using vitamin K

 

Recommendation

All newborns should be given 1 mg of vitamin K intramuscularly after birth (i.e. after the first hour by which the infant should be in skin-to-skin contact with the mother and breastfeeding should be initiated).

(Recommended)

 

Publication history

First published: December 2012

Updated: No update planned

Assessed as up-to-date: September 2012

 

Remarks

 

Related links

WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

(2018) - full document and evidence tables

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice

WHO Programmes: Sexual and Reproductive health

Maternal Health

Newborn Health

 

Citation: WHO Reproductive Health Library. WHO recommendation on haemorrhagic disease prophylaxis using vitamin K (February 2018). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.