To treat hemophilia, doctors give your child the clotting factor they need, factor 8 or factor 9.
The factor is mixed with fluid and given through a tube into your child’s vein, called intravenous (IV). This also is called an infusion.
How often your child needs treatment depends on their disease. In mild cases, they may need clotting factors only when they have a bleeding problem.
In severe cases, a child will get regular infusions, as often as 3 or 4 times a week. Some children may be able to use clotting factor formulations that can be taken less often.
Your child can get infusions without having to spend a night in the hospital.
- Our outpatient infusion unit is staffed by expert nurses and is open on weekends.
- We teach patients and families to mix and give infusions at home. This may be done with a butterfly needle or an intravenous (IV) line that we place before a child goes home.
Our goal is that all children with hemophilia learn to self-infuse before adulthood so they have the skills to treat themselves at home.