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Signs and Symptoms

Chronic ITP in Children

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of chronic ITP in children

Because children with chronic ITP have low platelet counts, their blood does not clot properly. That means they may have a number of symptoms, including:

Easy bruising

Prolonged bleeding from wounds

Visible red or purple dots (petechiae)

Spontaneous nosebleeds

Bleeding gums, often during dental work

Curious whether your child’s chronic ITP symptoms are something to worry about?

This table helps break down the different categories of ITP symptoms. Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns about your child’s symptoms.

Chronic ITP symptoms

Mild: Keep an eye on it

  • Occasional nosebleeds that can be stopped by applying pressure
  • Blood blisters in the mouth
  • Small bruises
  • A few petechiae (tiny red or purple dots on the skin)

Moderate: Let your doctor know

  • Nosebleeds lasting longer than 15 minutes
  • Bleeding from the gums, lips, mouth, esophagus, or intestines
  • Blood in the urine, stool, or vomit
  • New large bruises (bigger than about 2 inches)
  • Lots of new petechiae

Severe: See your doctor right away

  • Continuous bleeding from the gums, lips, mouth, or throat
  • Suspected internal bleeding (brain, lung, muscles, joints, others)
  • Many new large bruises or new petechiae