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J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2013 Jul;35(5):409-13. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e318279e509.

Parents' knowledge and perceptions regarding vitamin K prophylaxis in newborns.

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Department of Neonatology, Hebrew University School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. smadaref@hadassah.org.il

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23242324
DOI:
10.1097/MPH.0b013e318279e509
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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