Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP): What happens after diagnosis

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Find out about living with ITP and the treatment options you can discuss with your child's health care team.

Key points:

  • ITP happens when the body's immune system attacks a person's platelets (cells needed for blood to clot), causing them to be low.
  • In most children, ITP will get better by itself over a few months.
  • Until ITP gets better, there is a small but important risk of bleeding.
  • There are three options for treatment: observation, IVIG or prednisone.
  • Talk to your doctor about the treatment choices and which one is best for your child and family.
  • While your child's platelets are low, avoid contact sports and rough play.
  • While your child's platelets are low, avoid acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medicines.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about other everyday advice for your child's care.
Last updated: December 20th 2012