Blood thinners are medicines that help prevent blood clots and keep them from growing bigger. They don't actually thin the blood. They slow down the time it takes for a blood clot to form. Blood thinners also keep existing blood clots from getting bigger. Your doctor may call these medicines anticoagulants.
Your child may take this medicine as a pill. Or the blood thinner may be given as a shot.
Blood thinners can make a child more likely to bleed. But they can also save lives. With care, you can help prevent bleeding and keep your child safe while letting him or her play and be active.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
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