Parents' knowledge and perceptions regarding vitamin K prophylaxis in newborns

Smadar Eventov-Friedman*, Orit Vinograd, Maggie Ben-Haim, Sara Penso, Benjamin Bar, Rachel Y. Zisk-Rony

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    Background: There is an increasing trend of parents refusing vitamin K (VK) prophylaxis in newborns. We examined the knowledge, perceptions, cultural and religious barriers of expecting parents regarding VK prophylaxis. Observations: Questionnaires were completed by 217 participants: 151 female participants and 85% were expecting their first child. Two thirds had academic degrees, yet were ignorant regarding recommendation to provide VK (22.5%), source (15.5%), action (34%), and provision options (29%). Moreover, first-time parents had not yet decided to provide VK after birth (P<0.05). Conclusions: There is a need to provide expecting parents with information regarding safety, utility, and benefits of VK prophylaxis.

    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)409-413
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Jul 2013


    • Knowledge
    • Newborn
    • Parents
    • Perceptions
    • Vitamin K


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