Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn in Children

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Overview

Hemorrhagic disease is a bleeding problem that occurs in a baby during the first few days of life. Babies are normally born with low levels of vitamin K, an essential factor in blood clotting. A deficiency in vitamin K is the main cause of hemorrhagic disease in newborn babies.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches NHD

If your child needs a blood transfusion, she'll be seen by specialists in Children's Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Ours is one of the highest-volume pediatric intensive care units in the United States.

In our pediatric intensive care unit, we care for more than 2,000 critically ill children, from newborn to college-age across a spectrum of childhood disease each year. Children and adolescents with all forms of non-malignant blood disorders, including anemias, bleeding problems, blood clots, platelet disorders and red and white blood cell disorders, are treated through our Pediatric Hematology service. If necessary, Children's also offers access to the largest pediatric stem cell transplantation program in New England.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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