Parents' knowledge and perceptions regarding vitamin K prophylaxis in newborns

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antifibrinolytic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Parents*
  • Pregnancy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vitamin K / therapeutic use*
  • Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding / prevention & control*


  • Antifibrinolytic Agents
  • Vitamin K