In 2003, I wrote a booklet for AIMS called Vitamin K and the Newborn. It was designed to offer information to parents seeking to make decisions about vitamin K, a prophylactic intervention offered to all newborn babies in the UK and many other countries. Although vitamin K is effective at protecting babies from a bleeding disorder formerly known as haemorrhagic disease of the newborn (HDN) and now termed vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), only a very tiny proportion of babies would be affected by this disorder without vitamin K, and many parents understandably question whether their baby really needs to be given this. In the booklet, I set out to look at some of the different perspectives on this issue and to cover the elements of our knowledge and the research in this area that parents making this decision might want to take into account.
As I discussed in this post which offered an overview of my work in this area, my interest continued in the ensuing ten years, but the volume of research that was being produced on this subject tailed off to the extent that the AIMS booklet didn’t really warrant updating, as most of the information remained current. Instead of rewriting the booklet, I wrote this article, which supplemented it by looking at what had happened in the area over the decade between then and now. I have just uploaded it, and I hope it serves you well 😀