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Pediatric Blood Diseases

Pediatric Hematology Treatments

Our providers use evidence-based treatments, many of which aren’t offered at other hospitals. Our expertise with newer therapies for treating pediatric blood conditions means your child is in good hands with our providers.

Treatments We Offer

Our comprehensive South Texas Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program offers transfusion therapies including:

  • Automated red cell exchange
  • Management of iron overload 
  • Stroke risk

We provide medication therapy to treat sickle cell disease, including the most advanced options.

The South Texas Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center can provide non-opioid pain treatment for children with joint pain.

We can provide the newest, most advanced therapies for immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

We provide red blood cell exchange for both pediatric and adult sickle cell patients. This allows us to provide continuity of care for your child, so they won’t have to change their treatment as they mature into adults. 

Transitioning into Adulthood

We take our responsibility to children seriously—that includes caring for your child into their young adult years. We will help your child understand their blood disorder and learn how to care for themselves as they grow older. 

Our nurses work with children as young as late elementary age. We teach them the name of their medication, how to mix and infuse factor products and how to administer it to themselves. This is a necessary step in developing your child’s skillset for continuous care and successful outcomes on the path to adulthood.

Caring for Your Child at Home

In addition to providing care at University Health facilities, our pediatric hematologists will also advise you on the steps you can take at home to protect your child. 

For example, home care for sickle cell disease includes learning how to treat pain and taking extra measures to prevent infections. Call your pediatric hematologist for advice if your child has a fever over 101.5°F, which could indicate a serious problem. 

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