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Detecting and Treating Hemophilia

If your doctor suspects that you or your child may have a bleeding disorder, the first step is to do a complete medical history and physical examination. The doctor also may perform several blood tests to better understand the problem.

Once the doctor has confirmed that hemophilia is present, he or she will recommend treatment based on the type and severity of the hemophilia. Treatment for hemophilia may include replacing the missing clotting factor regularly or as needed.

If You Have Hemophilia

Protect your health by following these steps:

  • See your dental professional regularly.

  • Ask your dental professional about medicine that can prevent too much bleeding during dental work.

  • Know the signs of bleeding problems so you can get help if needed.

If Your Child Has a Bleeding Disorder

Consider these tips to protect your little one:

  • Purchase soft toys with rounded corners for young children. Check play equipment for sharp edges that can cause bleeding.

  • If your child is learning to walk, consider padded clothing and a helmet.

  • Talk to your child’s doctor about the risks of playing contact sports for older kids with hemophilia.

“What is Hemophilia?” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hemophilia/. Accessed 2013.

“Hemophilia A.” Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, July 17, 2013. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000538.htm. Accessed 2013.

“Hemophilia B.” Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, February 8, 2012. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000539.htm. Accessed 2013.

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