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Anemia

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in the Delaware Valley and Florida

Locations & Doctors Who Treat Anemia

 
Delaware

Wilmington

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

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New Jersey

Voorhees

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Voorhees

443 Laurel Oak Road
Therapy Services (Suite 200)
Pediatric Specialty Services (Suite 230)
Voorhees, NJ 08043
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

Hours: Fourth Friday each month; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia

833 Chestnut St. E., Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Lancaster

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Lancaster

2128 Embassy Drive, Suite A
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Hours: Hours vary; please call
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Florida

Orlando

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

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Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Orlando

1717 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Melbourne

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Melbourne

1270 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3789

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pensacola

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4790

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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About Pediatric Anemia

Anemia in children is not a disease — it’s a symptom of an underlying disease or condition. Anemia can be temporary (caused by diet/nutrition deficiency, infections, medications or blood loss) or chronic (caused by inherited conditions, genetic disorders, autoimmune disorders and some cancers). In severe cases, anemia can be life-threatening.

Anemia is a common benign condition that occurs when red blood cells (responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body) are too low due to problems with hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. Red blood cells are formed in the bone marrow (the red spongy material in the bones) along with white blood cells (that fight infection) and platelets (that clot blood). Anemia occurs when there’s rapid destruction of red blood cells, inadequate production of red blood cells and blood loss.

Our renowned hematologists, oncologists and researchers at the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD) work together to diagnose and treat pediatric blood disorders and anemia, whether your child’s condition is temporary, chronic, mild or severe.


Types of Childhood Anemia We Treat

Types of anemia we treat include:
  • hemolytic anemia (caused by a defect in the red blood cells or an autoimmune disorder)
  • thalassemia (also called “Cooley’s anemia,” affects the way the body makes hemoglobin)
  • glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (or “G6PD,” a defect in this enzyme that destroys blood cells due to certain infections, foods or medications)
  • sickle cell anemia (also called “sickle cell disease,” marked by misshapen red blood cells that don’t work properly)
  • heredity spherocytosis (genetic disorder marked by sphere-shaped red blood cells that break open easily)
  • aplastic anemia (anemia caused by bone marrow failure, or the inability of the bone marrow to make red blood cells)
  • iron deficiency anemia (the most common type of anemia in kids, due to poor nutrition or blood loss)

Diagnosing Anemia in Children

Signs & Symptoms of Anemia

Symptoms of the blood disorder anemia vary, but generally can include:

  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • pale skin/lips (pallor)
  • confusion
  • increased heart rate
  • fatigue
  • difficulty breathing
  • enlarged spleen or liver

Testing & Evaluations

If your child possibly has anemia, Nemours’ experienced hematology and oncology care team works together to appropriately diagnose what’s causing it through a variety of tests and procedures, including:

  • thorough physical examination and medical history
  • blood tests
  • urine tests
  • bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

Treating & Caring for Children With Anemia

Your Child's Comprehensive Anemia Care Team

Once we discover the cause of anemia, our multidisciplinary (collaborative) team plans the most effective treatment personalized to your child’s needs. In addition to an experienced, compassionate nurse coordinator (who provides your child and family support, education and care coordination), Nemours’ pediatric blood disorder teams include:

  • hematologists (blood disorder specialists)
  • oncologists (cancer doctors)
  • immunologists (autoimmune disorder specialists)
  • pathologists (diagnose diseases by examining body tissues, fluids and organs)
  • geneticists (perform genetic counseling and testing)
    interventional radiologists (perform image-guided minimally invasive procedures)
  • behavioral health specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists)
  • registered dietitians (nutrition specialists)
  • hematology nurses (registered nurses specializing in blood disorders in children) 

Your care team is here to provide your family with ongoing support and follow-up. We always include you in the entire process, because we truly believe in the healing power of families, and that you know your child best.

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Anemia Treatments at Nemours

Pediatric anemia can be a temporary condition and may never return after the condition that causes it is properly treated. Treating anemia depends on what causes the condition, the severity, your child’s age and overall health.

Anemia treatment can include one or more of the following:
  • dietary changes (added iron through better nutrition or supplements)
  • antibiotics (for infections that cause the condition)
  • steroid therapy (prednisone or cortisone to help increase hemoglobin or red blood cells)
  • medication therapy (changing existing medications or adding new ones)
  • blood transfusion (adding red blood cells intravenously — through the veins)
  • surgery (to remove the spleen)

For your child’s overall health and wellness, we also prescribe pain management services, palliative care (to manage physical symptoms resulting from the disease or surgery) and integrative medicine (massage, aqua therapy, biofeedback, yoga, meditation and more).

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Additional Resources & Support for Families

 
Nemours Support Services

Dealing with a complex medical condition like a blood disorder is difficult for your child and family. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Nemours provides an array of support services that begin on the very first day we meet, and continues throughout your journey because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 
  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • Child Life services
  • creative therapy
  • support groups
 
Informative Articles & Videos for Parents From Nemours’ KidsHealth
 
Trusted National Anemia Resources

Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation: This foundation’s website is designed to direct you to information and resources for patients, families and research.

G6PD Deficiency Support: This online support group and information center offers resources about this inherited condition in which the body doesn't have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (or “G6PD”), as well as related topics such as nutritional concerns and the potential effects on other health issues.

Hope and Destiny: The Patient and Parent’s Guide to Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait: This informative guide is for parents of children with sickle cell disease.

Nemours’ Eating Well With Sickle Cell (PDF): This cookbook helps kids with sickle cell disease eat for their condition to achieve better nutrition and improved energy.

Platelet Disorder Support Association: This organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and other platelet disorders through education, advocacy, research and support.

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America: The SCDAA works to improve the quality of health, life and services for individuals, families and communities affected by sickle cell disease and related conditions, and promotes the search for a cure.

Appointments & Referrals

Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

(800) 416-4441


Florida
Jacksonville Area

(904) 697-3789

Orlando Area

(407) 650-7715

Pensacola Area

(850) 505-4790

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International
Patients

+1 (302) 651-4993

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