Before we answer the question of whether or not you should be fearful of ITP blood disorder, let’s first find out everything there is to know about the condition. ITP blood disorder is a type of autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack or destroy its own platelets. We as humans have what are called antibodies that combat viruses and microorganisms, preventing our bodies from getting infections. In the case of ITP, the antibodies that are supposed to protect our systems are instead attacking the platelets, which lower their numbers below the normal amount necessary for good health.
Platelets are blood cells that are responsible for clotting. They also help heal wounds faster. Without platelets, our blood would not be able to clot, making us bleed excessively even on simple bruises and wounds.
Look out for excessive bleeding, blood in stool and urine, and regular gum and nose hemorrhage as these are all symptoms and signs of ITP. People with ITP also have lesions and red spots on their skin, which are indicators of bleeding underneath the surface. Although ITP can affect both adults and children, studies show that it is neither transmittable nor genetic.
Should you be bothered?
If you are pregnant and suffer from ITP, it is understandable that you may have some concerns about the health of your baby. ITP is a condition that can cause problems with blood clotting and hemorrhage, so it is natural to worry about whether or not your baby will be healthy. There may also be concerns about delivery complications. These are all valid questions and concerns that we will try to address.
Although there is no scientific evidence that suggests women with ITP should not get pregnant, there are certain risks involved for both the mother and child. If you are wanting to get pregnant, and you know that you have ITP, it is of utmost importance to have your platelet count monitored regularly. The platelet count may drop drastically during the third trimester, so it is crucial to be observed frequently. This is why it is so important to have your platelets monitored and managed consistently.
Can ITP cause distress to the fetus or newborn? During pregnancy, the antibodies of the mother can cross the placenta and enter the fetus. These antibodies may damage the fetus’s platelets, causing thrombocytopenia. However, this is only a temporary condition. With proper diagnosis and care, thrombocytopenia in infants and kids does not have long term effects on their health. Thrombocytopenia in newborn babies usually lasts for around eight weeks after they are born. However, studies have shown that if a woman has previously given birth to a child with thrombocytopenia, it is likely that her future children will also be born with the same disorder.
Children who develop ITP because of a viral infection will heal over time without medical intervention. However, it is still advisable to visit your doctor for proper management and care tips to avoid bruising and wounds that could lead to blood loss.