What is vitamin K?
Vitamin K is a vitamin used by the body to help the blood clot and prevent bleeding.
Why does my baby need vitamin K?
All newborn babies are known to have low levels of vitamin K, therefore require supplementation with vitamin K to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding.
How will my baby receive vitamin K?
In South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust all babies will be given 1mg of vitamin K soon after delivery.
Babies who are formula fed will not require vitamin K as additional vitamin K is already added to formula milk.
Levels of vitamin K are low in breast milk therefore additional vitamin K supplementation is required for 3 months for exclusively breastfed babies. This is usually in the form of NeoKay Oral Drops. 0.25mL provides 50 micrograms of vitamin K.
What are NeoKay oral drops?
NeoKay oral drops are a form of vitamin K supplement designed for new-born babies. They contain vitamin K.
How should NeoKay oral drops be given?
NeoKay Oral Drops are given orally to babies.
They should be given once a day ideally before or after feeds.
- Shake the bottle
- Fill the dropper to the mark that shows 0.25mL
- Administer 0.25mL
- Replace the lid securely
NeoKay Oral Drops should be stored in a cool dry place, protected from light in the original container.
When can NeoKay oral drops be stopped?
NeoKay Drops are to be given for 3 months (until the bottle is empty).
If you stop breastfeeding and use formula milk, NeoKay drops will no longer be needed.
What if I break or drop the bottle?
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