Refusal of vitamin k injection: Survey of the current literature and practical tips for pediatricians

Rebecca Levin*, Josephine Misun Jung, Lindsay Forrey, Jill Glick

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Abstract

Vitamin K refusal and associated sequelae of vitamin K deficiency bleed (VKDB) in the newborn period is becoming a more common occurrence. We present six recent cases from a 4-month period in 2017 of parent refusal of vitamin K and describe the reasons for refusal and the clinical outcomes of these infants. There have been a number of case reports citing the rising incidence of VKDB and the reasons why parents refuse. However, there is a gap in the literature and clinical practice guidelines describing how a physician should approach a refusal in the hospital and in the office, and the need to report a refusal to child welfare. In addition, we describe a scenario in which the caregivers provide a religious reason for refusal of vitamin K that, to the best of our knowledge, has yet to be cited in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e334-e338
JournalPediatric annals
Volume47
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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