Prevention is key for keeping kids with hemophilia safe. However, when your child falls down and gets cuts or scrapes, don’t panic. Do what you can to provide a safe environment, with the understanding accidents can and will happen.
Don’t be afraid to hug and kiss your little one. Babies need to bond with their parents.
1) In-Home Protection
Before bringing your infant home from the hospital, put bumper pads in the baby bed.
Outfit toddlers with elbow and knee pads to protect from bleeding joints.
Carpeting cushions floors to help reduce bumps and bruises. Area rugs are good alternatives; just ensure they have rubber padding that secures them to the floor.
Do away with sharp-cornered furniture and/or pad corners of fireplaces, entertainment centers, etc.
2) Safety Outside the Home
Invest in a top-quality car seat and strap your child in before starting the car.
Good shoes are mandatory for outdoor activities. High-tops provide best ankle protection.
At the park or playground, get into the habit of scanning the area for hazardous objects.
3) Pediatric Dental Care
Be mindful that bleeding can occur when the hygienist cleans your child’s teeth. Look for a pediatric dentist, who is experienced with hemophilia and knows what to do in the event of bleeds.
4) Medic Alert Bracelet
Get a Medic Alert bracelet early-on that is imprinted on back with “hemophilia”. The 24-hour phone number for Medic Alert Foundation is also inscribed for the benefit of emergency care providers.
Attach to your infant’s ankle. Once it fits his/her wrist, make sure your kid never leaves home without it.
5) Get the Magic First Aid Cap!
Ouchie Cap melts away pain like magic! It is fitted with gel-packs that provide cold therapy for kids with hemophilia. Since the Ouchie Cap doesn’t depend on ice cubes, there is no messy-melting, plus mom doesn’t have to keep refreshing the ice.
The whimsical character-shaped cap is cool to wear, even if it didn’t slowdown blood flow to head bumps or bruises (and it does).
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