Bumps and Bruises-What is Hemophilia?

Understanding HemophiliaWhat is Hemophilia?

From the first signs of crawling, we as parents begin to realize that our fragile babies will experience bumps and bruises along their life. It is a pretty normal reaction to want to prevent any injury from happening since the last thing we would want is to see our children be hurt in any way. It is all easily controlled by taking all the safety precautions of making your home baby proof. That is until you get news from your pediatrician that something could be wrong with the baby’s health. There are many health conditions that can go undetected for a number of months.

One of these many conditions is hemophilia. According to Kids Health, currently about 17,000 people in the United States have hemophilia. Hemophilia affects mostly boys -about 1 in every 5,000-10,000 is born with it. Girls are more rarely affected but are still at risk. So what exactly is hemophilia? According to a medical dictionary hemophilia is defined as a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury. The condition is typically caused by a hereditary lack of a coagulation factor, most often factor VIII.

According to the allaboutbleeding-us.com website, it is difficult to see these symptoms in an unmovable baby. It is easier to see the symptoms once a child is moving around or even a toddler.

Symptoms to look for:

At first, parents of a child with hemophilia A are unlikely to notice symptoms in their baby. This is particularly common when parents are unaware of a family history of hemophilia. In 30% of cases, the first indication of a bleeding disorder will occur when a male child is circumcised. Otherwise, the sign of hemophilia A is not usually noticeable until the child is a toddler, when injuries are more common.

Signs that your toddler might have hemophilia include:

Prolonged nosebleeds.

Excessive bruising, sometimes raised, often appearing on the stomach, chest, buttocks and back.

Mouth bleeds when a child bites on his or her lips or tongue, as toddlers tend to do.

While hemophilia cannot be cured, it can be treated and successfully managed.

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Although hemophilia is incurable, Comfy Crawlers can aid in making the condition more manageable. The unique design of the Comfy Crawler padding can help reduce the appearance of bumps and bruises on a baby or toddler.

Take a deep breath and be more at peace knowing that there are treatments and resources that can help you and your little one.

Written by Lluvya Jagtiani, Mom and Blogger

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Bumps and Bruises-What is Hemophilia?