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Blood disorders in children: causes symptoms and treatment options

Blood disorders in children can cause concern for parents and caregivers, as they can affect a child’s overall health and well-being. There are various types of blood disorders that can affect children, including genetic disorders, infections, and cancers. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for blood disorders in children and how Afriglobal Medicare can help with blood tests.

Blood Disorder

Common Blood Disorders in Children

Anemia: Anemia is when the body lacks sufficient red blood cells or hemoglobin, resulting in fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath.

Hemophilia: Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot, resulting in excessive bleeding even from minor injuries.

Leukemia: Leukemia is a type of cancer affecting the blood and bone marrow, resulting in abnormal growth and development of white blood cells.

Thalassemia: Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects the production of hemoglobin, leading to anemia and other health complications.

Symptoms of Blood Disorders in Children

The symptoms of blood disorders in children can vary depending on the type of disorder, but some common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue, weakness, and lethargy
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Pale skin or yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Swelling in the joints and muscles
  • Recurrent infections or slow healing of wounds
  • Excessive bleeding or bruising
  • Abnormalities in growth and development

Treatment Options

The treatment options for blood disorders in children can vary depending on the type and severity of the disorder, but some common treatment options include the following:

Blood transfusions: Blood transfusions involve receiving donated blood to replace deficient or abnormal blood cells.

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Medications: Some blood disorders can be treated with medications that help improve the production of blood cells or prevent abnormal blood cell growth.

Stem cell transplantation: Stem cell transplantation involves replacing defective bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells.

Surgery: Surgery may be necessary to treat certain blood disorders, such as removing the spleen in cases of severe anemia.

Afriglobal Medicare offers a range of blood tests to help diagnose blood disorders in children. These tests include:

Complete Blood Count (CBC): A CBC measures the number of red and white blood cells, platelets, and hemoglobin levels in the blood.

Blood Chemistry Tests: Blood chemistry tests measure the levels of different chemicals and enzymes in the blood, which can indicate the presence of certain blood disorders.

Coagulation Tests: Coagulation tests measure the blood’s ability to clot and can help diagnose bleeding disorders like hemophilia.

If you suspect your child may have a blood disorder, seeking medical attention as soon as possible, is important. To book any of the tests above, call 016291000, 016290998, or send a WhatsApp message to 08084295796 to book a home collection with us.