Whenever children fall ill, it is very stressful and emotionally draining for the parents and the whole family. And, when a child inherits a blood disorder that parents are not aware of or are not able to understand, it can be a frightening experience. This is a time both need someone who understands their dilemma and makes the transition from dreaded disease to compassionate care a comfortable experience.
At Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta, we know precisely what a parent and a young patient go through. This is why our teams of excellent pediatricians are not only highly skilled in the field of children’s diseases but also give extreme importance to the emotional health of the young patients, making them among the best in the medical field.
There is always the fear of the unknown, especially if it involves illness. During the illness phase of a child, the parents and family need somebody who will give them all the time and patience. At Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta, we understand this emotion perfectly. We have a dedicated team of counselors who are updated on a little patient’s history of the blood disorder and offer a helping hand towards the treatment process. For example, if a child suffering from thalassemia needs blood transfusion, the parents are briefed on the nature of the disease and the absolute necessity for the transfusion as part of the treatment protocol. This family-counsellor interaction can allay fears of the disease and its treatment, and calm the young patients before the process begins.
Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta’s pediatric hematology department is equipped with excellent onsite diagnostic laboratories to monitor and trace blood counts, conduct spinal fluid tests and other crucial examinations to determine the stage of the disease and the precise line of treatment.
Our Blood Bank facilities are on par with global standards and equipped with the state of the art medical instruments and medical technology.
Those diseases detected and treated early in childhood allow the child to grow into a healthy adult. There are times when the child is born with a disorder due to inherited traits. These hereditary diseases too require a specialized mode of treatment methodology where the parents’ blood history is analysed for better understanding of the disease.
Some of the common blood disorders in children are Hematologic and malignant disease, Anemias, WBC disorders, Platelet disorders, Coagulation or clotting disorders, Leukemia, and solid tumours.
Anemia is the commonest form of blood disorder seen in school-going children who usually have a poor diet.
Just like a fever, anemia is a signal that there is something wrong in the body. It could have various causes such as excessive RBCs, excessive blood loss during menstruation, or hemorrhaging, deficiency in RBCs, or all of these.
Anemia occurs when there is a low concentration of hemoglobin in the blood or there is a deficiency of RBCs. Hemoglobin is necessary to distribute oxygen from the lungs to the tissues in the body.
Besides the hereditary blood disorders such as thalasemia and sickle cell anemia, the cause of other anemias is certain infections, medications, diseases, and poor nutrition.
Very often, in the hurry of urban life, parents do not spot the symptoms in their young children. It is very important for a parent not to overlook any of the symptoms related to anemia that could affect the child’s health in the future, and hamper healthy growth.
Pediatric hematologists at Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta advise parents to spot the following symptoms in their children:
Lack of energy or extreme fatigue and listlessness
Paleness of the skin
Irritability without reason
Impaired healing of wounds
Breathlessness or difficulty catching breath
Irregular menstruation cycles including absent menstruation
Dizzy spells or vertigo while standing up
An unusual swollen tongue
Each anemia type has a dedicated line of treatment protocol. This includes making a change in your child’s diet, giving vitamin and mineral supplements, discontinuing the anemia causing medications, antibiotics, as well as the surgical removal of the spleen causing hemolytic anemia, and bone marrow transplant in aplastic anemia cases.
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