Vitamin K for neonates

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1441c (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1441
  1. Marlies Cornelissen,
  2. Remy Hirasing
  1. Trainee paediatrician, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Nijmegen, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  2. Paediatrician, Dutch Paediatric Surveillance Unit, PO Box 124, 2300 AC Leiden, Netherlands.

    EDITOR,—Mary Newburn and Rosemary Dodds discuss administration of vitamin K in relation to breast feeding.1 Von Kries and Gobel have raised concerns about the efficacy of prophylaxis with oral vitamin K.2 Oral administration is recommended because of the potential carcinogenic risk of parenteral administration in neonates. Surveillance data on late haemorrhagic disease of the newborn in Germany, however, suggested that the incidence of the disease increased after a switch from parenteral to oral prophylaxis. This is in sharp …

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