It can be given by injection or by mouth. An injection is more convenient because it's one dose only and lasts for months.
Babies need the injection if:
Vitamin K can be given by mouth but the effect does not last as long. It means the baby needs three separate doses:
Serious side effects are rare. The most common problems are soreness where the injection was given, mild fever and joint pain. See your doctor if you're concerned.
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