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INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS & CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
Information for Teachers &
A Quick Medical Reference:
Never keep a person
with a bleeding disorder waiting.
Contact parents immediately
if the child suffers a blow to the head, neck or abdomen or in any emergency
Here are some signs
and symptoms that a bleed may be occurring:
- Complaints of tingling, bubbling,
stiffness, or decreased
range of motion in any limb.
- The child has a swollen body part,
usually a joint,
or an area that's warm to
- The child favors an arm or leg more
- The child limps, or refuses to use
Small surface cuts,
such as paper cuts, generally respond to first aid. Wash the cut, apply
pressure, then bandage.
Maintain Universal Precautions
at all times when treating an open wound.
Contact the School Nurse
for additional information pertinent to the student.
Quick Facts About Hemophilia for Educators:
Hemophilia is a blood
disorder in which blood does not clot properly.
People with hemophilia
bleed at the same rate as anyone else, only longer.
Internal bleeds are
the most common, usually in a joint or muscle.
Listen to the childthey
are often the best judge of their need for medical attention.
Honor a parent's request
for protective devices, such as helmets, to be worn during periods of physical
Maintain open lines
of communication with the child and the family.
Encourage physical activity
as defined by the child's family and their Hemophilia Treatment Center personnel.
Recognize the importance
of treating the child as you would any other.
Remember how fragile
self-esteem can be.
For Babysitters and Parents:
The usual care should
be taken when hiring babysitters for your child with a bleeding disorder.
You also may want to contact your treatment center of local NHF chapter
to find other parents or siblings of children with bleeding disorders able
To educate a sitter,
give them written material about the disorder, such as the NHF information
packet, General Hemophilia, that explains bleeds in simple terms. Make sure
they know it isn't their job to diagnose a bleed, and go over the child's
recent status of bleeds, pains and bruising.
The child should have
MedicAlert tags on. A letter to take to the Emergency Room should be available,
listing the child's name, diagnosis, description of the disorder and treatment.
If there is an emergency supply of factor that should go to the ER, let
the sitter know.
Make yourself available
by pager or cell phone and always give the sitter an alternative contact.
NHF also has publications available for providers, caregivers and
school personnel, click here for
a list of publications.
The information contained on the NHF web site is provided for your general
information only. NHF does not give medical advice or engage in the practice
of medicine. NHF under no circumstances recommends particular treatment
for specific individuals and in all cases recommends that you consult your
physician or local treatment center before pursuing any course of treatment.
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