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People with a family history of hemophilia can learn their risks of passing hemophilia to their children. A simple blood test is usually all that is necessary.

People with hemophilia should take steps to avoid injuries, accidents and excessive strain on the joints. This can help to prevent episodes of bleeding. For example:

  • An infant with hemophilia should have appropriate padding in his crib or playpen.

  • A toddler with hemophilia should be supervised as he learns to walk.

  • A school-age child with hemophilia should avoid contact sports and activities that have a high risk of trauma.

People with hemophilia may need a blood transfusion at some point. They should get immunized against hepatitis A and B, diseases that can be carried in blood products.

People with hemophilia must avoid aspirin and other medications that affect blood clotting.

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