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The following is a good resource for emergency medical providers, healthcare workers, day care and school personnel, child protection advocates, and the community about inherited bleeding disorders and child abuse investigations.

Many children are diagnosed with a bleeding disorder after an investigation of suspected child abuse. Inherited bleeding disorders should be considered a possibility with these cases.

When a child exhibits frequent bruising, swelling or pain in a joint, or bleeding from the mouth, an expert in bleeding disorders should be consulted to assist mandated professionals assessing suspected child abuse.

Affected families must inform daycare and school personnel of the child's diagnosis.

Daycare, school, emergency medical personnel and child protection staff should take complete medical (including bleeding) and incident histories from a family when a child exhibit symptoms.

Consultation with a hematologist familiar with hemophilia and other clotting disorders is strongly recommended for help with management of bleeding symptoms, as well as long-term care.

By educating people about bleeding disorders, trauma of investigations can be reduced.

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