What should you know about living with hemophilia?

Here are some general guidelines that might be helpful.

If your child has hemophilia, make sure school and babysitters understand special needs. Keep a first aid kit with you at all times. Minor cuts can usually be treated with gauze, pressure, and bandages. Raise the affected part of the body.

Remember—people with hemophilia should not take aspirin or ibuprofen. These medicines can interfere with blood clotting.

Make sure to get vaccines against hepatitis A and B to make sure clotting factors made from donated blood are even safer.

Finally, follow the recommendations that people who do not have hemophilia follow to maintain good health:

  • Exercise regularly (swimming is particularly good).
  • Eat healthy foods to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Practice good dental hygiene.

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