Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn


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.