If your child has hemophilia, his blood doesn't clot like it should. If he has a cut, scrape, or other injury, he will bleed longer than other people do. The bleeding can happen both on the surface or inside his body.
It can be serious. With the right treatment, though, and by avoiding certain risks, your child can have an active life.
People with hemophilia don’t have enough of a protein that helps blood clot. There are two main types of the condition: A and B. Your child's type depends on which...
There are different types of hemophilia. With hemophilia A, your body doesn’t have enough of a protein called factor VIII, which your body needs to make clots and stop bleeding.
Hemophilia A can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on how little you have of factor VIII.
Hemophilia A runs in families. It's usually diagnosed in babies, toddlers, or young children.
Hemophilia A comes from your genes. You can inherit it from your parents. Or it can happen if a certain gene changes before you're born. This change is called a mutation.
There is a rare, dangerous form of hemophilia A that is not inherited. It's called acquired hemophilia A and it can be related to pregnancy, cancer, or the use of certain medications. However, no cause can be found in about half of cases.
The main symptoms you might notice are bleeding more than normal and bruising easily. For instance: