For most parents, having a child with thalassemia is a very heavy burden, both moral and material. Because, in addition should continue to monitor the growth and development of the child, the costs required for blood transfusions is also quite expensive, can spend millions of dollars each month.
Thalassemia is a blood disorder hereditary (genetic). In this case, the red blood cells are not normally produced by the body and broken faster than normal red blood cells. As a result, throughout life people are forced to rely on donor blood supply in order to prolong its life.
In general, we divide into thalassemia major and thalassemia thalassemia minor (also called thalassemia trait / trait carrier). Generally, patients with thalassemia minor do not feel any symptoms. Only occasionally experience mild iron deficiency anemia. Fortunately again, not all patients with thalassemia minor or carrier would later develop thalassemia major. The possibility for almost nothing.
Unlike with thalassemia minor, a child with thalassemia major need attention too special treatment. Because, in the hemoglobin in the body is not available in sufficient quantities for the bone marrow can not produce red blood cells in the required levels. At birth, children are generally born normal but at the age of 3 to 18 months from lack of blood. Therefore, children should be treated, if not likely only reach age 1 to 8 years.
According to the Head of subsections Hematology, Section of Child Health, Faculty of medicine dr. Billy Djajadiman SpA (K), in general, children who suffer from thalassemia often show symptoms? Fussy, not sleeping soundly, difficulty eating and frequent vomiting. Even if accompanied by pale face, abdomen enlarged spleen swollen and hard as can be ascertained that the child was suffering from thalassemia major (severe stage). Therefore, it is suggested that the child was not exercising, playing or doing activities that can make a child tired.