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If your child is diagnosed with a pediatric blood disorder, Nemours’ pediatric hematology experts are here to help. Our board-certified hematologists (pediatric hematology doctors who specialize in conditions of the blood) evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of blood disorders in children, including sickle cell anemia.
Our family-centered approach focuses on your whole child, not just the blood disorder. In addition to specialized treatments, we offer complementary therapies to help minimize your child’s fears about what’s to come next. Our highly-trained team of doctors, pediatric hematology nurses, social workers, psychologists, and others on your child’s care team will help guide you throughout your child’s treatments.
Clinic Location: 4th Floor
Phone: (407) 650-7715
As a parent, you’re always concerned with keeping your child safe and healthy. So when your child is diagnosed with a blood disorder, it’s good to know that at Nemours Children’s Hospital, our board-certified pediatric hematologists have the knowledge and resources to meet the physical and emotional needs of your child and your family.
Our goal is to treat your child, not just the condition, and we promise to do all we can to help your child feel comfortable. Designed by families, for families, our bright, child-friendly clinic on the 4th floor is filled with natural light providing a wonderful setting for personalized, one-on-one care.
We also know that you are the expert on your child and we take a family-centered approach, encouraging your input and involvement in the decision-making process for your child’s treatment. We’ll explain every step in easily understandable terms, present all options (including alternative methods), and invite your input.
Whatever you’re facing, know that at Nemours Children’s Hospital we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible, treating every child as we would our own.
Blood disorders are diseases of the blood, including:
Our pediatric hematology experts are knowledgeable in treating children with hemophilia, an inherited, uncontrolled bleeding disorder. Children diagnosed with hemophilia either lack or have a low supply of proteins in their blood called “factors:” factor VIII or factor IX. These factors help your child’s blood to clot after an injury, preventing excessive bleeding.
We provide many kinds of treatments and other services at Nemours Children’s Hospital, including:
For some children, a bone marrow transplant can make a real difference. This advanced procedure destroys cancer or abnormal cells with chemotherapy, and then re-introduces healthy donor stem cells in your child’s body.
It’s currently available at our Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, about two hours away, the only accredited bone marrow transplant facility in Florida. The procedure is provided in collaboration with our pediatric health care partner, Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Our family-centered approach focuses on your whole child, not just the disease. Helping to guide you throughout your child’s diagnosis and treatment, our highly trained team includes an entire collection of health care providers and support service members:
In addition to specialized treatments, we offer complementary services to help kids feel better physically and emotionally, such as:
For your convenience, many of these treatments and services are also available at our Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando.
You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.
Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.
Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.
If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.
We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.
At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.
If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.
A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.
Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.