Vitamin K deficiency bleeding is a problem that occurs in some newborns. It happens during the first few days and weeks of life. This condition used to be called hemorrhagic disease of the newborn. Vitamin K deficiency bleeding after the first 3 or 4 weeks of life is usually due to problems other than those listed here.
The following things may make it more likely for a baby to have this condition:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will look at his or her health history. The healthcare provider will also check your baby for signs of bleeding. Your baby may need lab tests to measure his or her blood clotting times. The results of these tests can help your child’s healthcare provider make the diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Your baby may need a blood transfusion if he or she has severe bleeding.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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