Even though living with hemophilia can be routine, there may be that moment when prompt medical attention is required. In that case, remember to REACT.
Recognize the basic physical signs (such as tingling, a funny feeling, swelling, pain, warmth) and nonverbal cues (such as guarding of a certain body part, crying, and behavior that's abnormal) of a child experiencing a bleed. Look for the obvious signs of internal bleeding, such as bruising, swelling, and redness.
Emergency action is sometimes necessary. Remember to have your instructions and contact information on hand and up to date.
Administer factor replacement as directed by your health care provider. Also, apply basic first aid for bleeds. This is best done using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. If you're not sure of the severity of the bleed, don't wait to get help. Call the child's health care provider or get the child to the emergency room as soon as possible. Dial 911 if the situation is appropriate.
Calm is the order of the day during any emergency situation and the best way to help ensure the child receives the appropriate medical attention to get an emergency bleed under control.
Take control of the situation by acting appropriately. When you're calm and in control, a child will be more apt to listen and stay calm.