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Can I Donate Blood For My Preemie If He Needs It
Often yes: Premature infants often may need a blood transfusion. Sources of blood are banked blood, or donated for your infant. Mom may not be able to donate for several months after delivery due to the loss during delivery, but dad or friends can donate if they have compatible blood. Of note banked blood is statistically safer than directed donation, because family may feel pressure, even if risk factors.
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Improves oxygenation: Increasing the number of rbcs will increase blood volume which helps to treat hypotension or shock from blood loss. It also improves oxygen in the blood which will decrease the strain on the heart from anemia and also may decrease various signs of anemia like apnea, slow or fast heart rate, poor weight gain, fatigue during feeding etc.See 1 more doctor answer
I had a very premature baby. I have high blood pressure and was put on medication late in pregnancy/ what are chances of having another preemie?
Possible: It is always possible that you will have another premature baby, though remember that all pregnancies are different, even with the same couple, and you are only slightly more likely to have another premature infant. Speak to your obstetrician on the matter before you get pregnant again.
What precent of pregnancies get preeclampsia, blood clots and stroke? I was a preemie and worry because of that i'm exposed to increase chance
Small: Rates of pre-eclampsia are fairly small - around 3-4%. While pre-eclampsia is a risk factor for stroke, actual chance of having a stroke is very small. Available data indicate 11-30 cases of stroke per 100, 000 deliveries. Pre-eclampsia a well-recongnized condition and can be effectively controlled. You should let your doctor know about your concerns and let them follow you closely.See 1 more doctor answer
I had blood transfusions as an infant because i was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor
Unrelated : Blood transfusions have not been reported or known to cause blood clots however the pregnancy itself is a well known risk factor for blood clots. During pregnancy, risk differs from one woman to another depending on prior history of blood clots or other familial risk factors. If concerned, ask your doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
Go to blood bank: At the blood donation center they will screen your eligibility. In my experience, the most frequent reason to be vigilant is iron deficiency -- from frequent blood donation and/or in women coupled with heavy menses or recent childbirth. Oral iron supplements are an easy way to correct this but be sure you know why the iron was low- bleeding from ulcers or polyps or cancers needs exclusion.
Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since youve been treated, no recurrence, no diagnosis of blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma...Unless you had these as a kid and its been 10 years. Check out the american red cross list of conditions that affect donation...It will be the most helpful. Than get out there and donate!
By distraction: You can wear headphones and listen to music, or read (just hard to turn pages), or people watch during the donation. Most people only require 10-15 minutes of actual "needle time" to donate a unit of blood, so you can also think about the 3 people whose lives you are saving with your donation!
Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (may be 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information.
Cholesterol: There is no way to give you an answer to this question. There are numerous numbers in the cholesterol profile and one would also need a sense of your health and family history. In and of itself 200 is the cutoff point of normal to abnormal.See 1 more doctor answer
Higher risk group: ONLY as a population-based screen, not suggesting any personal life-choice issues, men who have sex with men are more likely to have certain stds, including hepatitis and hiv, which can be transmitted by blood and MIGHT be missed by testing if at an early stage or lab error. So to keep blood supply as safe as possible, the entire group is excluded. I am not aware of any exception to this rule.
Yes: HPV is a localized issue like a wart (it's cousin).It does not travel in the blood. There would be HPV antibodies in the blood, but these would protect, not harm a potential recipient. In a donor center you would be asked to read through information about donor exclusions.The will also usually have you answer a computer assisted quiz about infection exposure, etc.HPV is not in these questions.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes!: Donating blood is one of the best things men can do for their health. This is because iron is a pro-oxidant, increasing risk of heart disease & cancer. Donating blood reduces our iron load. One study found men who donate blood once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attack! it also lowers risk of several types of cancer! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html.See 1 more doctor answer
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