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Are blood transfusions common for preemies?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Premi's in an ICU setting have blood taken for tests & although small amounts are used, baby doesn't have much & this adds up over time.
They are also using much of their energy to mature & less so to make blood on their own. Anemia (too little blood) can slow growth & healing so efforts to keep babies levels up are part of trying to get them well.

In brief: Yes

Premi's in an ICU setting have blood taken for tests & although small amounts are used, baby doesn't have much & this adds up over time.
They are also using much of their energy to mature & less so to make blood on their own. Anemia (too little blood) can slow growth & healing so efforts to keep babies levels up are part of trying to get them well.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Raja Nandyal
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Depending on how early, how small, medical status/condition and the ongoing course of the infant, the number of transfusions vary.
Also, some physicians and neonatal icus are very restrictive, because of potential newly reported complications like transfusion related gut injury etc.

In brief: Yes

Depending on how early, how small, medical status/condition and the ongoing course of the infant, the number of transfusions vary.
Also, some physicians and neonatal icus are very restrictive, because of potential newly reported complications like transfusion related gut injury etc.
Dr. Raja Nandyal
Dr. Raja Nandyal
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Premies lack iron stores and don't have well primed bone marrows.
Anemia of prematurity is common and frequently requires blood transfusion.

In brief: Yes

Premies lack iron stores and don't have well primed bone marrows.
Anemia of prematurity is common and frequently requires blood transfusion.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology

In brief: Depends.

Premies may need blood transfusions dependent on how ill they are, ie on the ventilator, increased requirement in oxygen, poor growth.
There are other means to help the baby recover red cells, such as erythropoitin, but this therapy takes a while for the baby to respond too.

In brief: Depends.

Premies may need blood transfusions dependent on how ill they are, ie on the ventilator, increased requirement in oxygen, poor growth.
There are other means to help the baby recover red cells, such as erythropoitin, but this therapy takes a while for the baby to respond too.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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