ITP in Children

While most cases of ITP in children are categorised as acute, most children will go into remission with minimal medical intervention. While children are prone to rough play, bumps, bruises and contact sports, children should not be segregated or removed from such normal behaviour unless their platelet counts are considered very low, or instructed by your healthcare professional.

ITP in children is uncommon; 5 children in every 100,000* are diagnosed with ITP each year.

Some parents, carers and guardians have used a number of devices, including headgear, to assist with minimising injury during a fall or rough play.

A relatively small number of cases of ITP in children progress to the chronic stage and may require regular monitoring and medical involvement.

In Australia and New Zealand, Paediatric Haematologists refer to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 2019 Guidelines for Immune Thrombocytopenia when treating ITP in children.

*Information based on data from the ITP Support Association, United Kingdom

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