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My child has hemophilia A. What precautions should they take when they’re active?

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If your child has hemophilia, take these precautions when they’re active:

  • Your child should wear kneepads, elbow pads, and helmets while doing something that might make them fall.
  • Use safety straps in car seats, strollers, and high chairs.
  • Check your home and yard for hazards, like furniture or play equipment with sharp corners.
  • Teach your child about their hemophilia. Let them know when and how to get help so they feel confident, not scared.

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Hemophilia."

Medscape: "Hemophilia A."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Hemophilia."

National Hemophilia Foundation: " "Hemophilia A," "Hemophilia A (Factor VIII Deficiency)."

Medscape: "Acquired Hemophilia." National Hemophilia Foundation: "Comprehensive Medical Care: HTCs." Mayo Clinic: "Hemophilia."

UpToDate: "Hemophilia A and B: Routine management including prophylaxis."

National Institutes of Health: "Hemophilia A."

The Haemophilia Society: "Extended half-life (EHL) factor VIII."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 3, 2020

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Hemophilia."

Medscape: "Hemophilia A."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Hemophilia."

National Hemophilia Foundation: " "Hemophilia A," "Hemophilia A (Factor VIII Deficiency)."

Medscape: "Acquired Hemophilia." National Hemophilia Foundation: "Comprehensive Medical Care: HTCs." Mayo Clinic: "Hemophilia."

UpToDate: "Hemophilia A and B: Routine management including prophylaxis."

National Institutes of Health: "Hemophilia A."

The Haemophilia Society: "Extended half-life (EHL) factor VIII."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 3, 2020

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