For teachers and carers

Points to remember:

  • All bumps or knocks to the head should be treated seriously. You should seek medical care for the child immediately – do not wait for symptoms to appear.
  • Do remember that any medication containing Aspirin should not be given to anyone with a bleeding disorder as this can cause bleeding. Always check with a healthcare professional which medicine is safe.
  • There are some myths about haemophilia, so it is worthwhile remembering that the condition presents no threat to other children. Most pupils with haemophilia can lead healthy and active lives and participate fully in the school community.
  • Appropriate activities and sports are encouraged to promote physical and mental health.
  • A pupil with haemophilia will NOT bleed profusely from a simple fall in the playground or a minor cut or injury.
  • Standard first aid is the same as for any other pupil.
  • Ask the pupil’s parent/guardian for a medical action plan from their haemophilia treatment centre.
  • The haemophilia treatment centre is a good source of information.

It is important for school and support staff to be able to recognise signs of bleeding and take appropriate action. Older pupils can usually tell they are developing a bleed before there are any obvious signs and it is important to acknowledge their concerns.

A knock to the head or major injury requires fast medical attention which may require further health care, including factor treatment. Always contact the child’s parent/guardian immediately after injury.

Bleeding disorders and school booklet

Our Bleeding disorders and school booklet is an overview of the important points to bear in mind when managing a child with a bleeding disorder. It is not a complete guide; the relationship between the school and the parents is paramount. This will ensure that the school, the child and the parents feel confident and supported in managing any difficulties that may arise.