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#1 of 5 Old 10-12-2002, 09:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am writing because I am very worried about a baby I saw at a my breasfeeding support group.

She is almost 4 months old and has an extremly high count of white blood cells. She also has a low count of platelets. She is breastfed and seems to be "healthy". Her iron levels are fine and doctors can't find what is wrong with her. They say that acording to the lab results she should be hospitalized and very sick but since she is breastfed she seem "fine".

Baby's mom and dad are a young loving couple and they are juggling with baby, college, work and now this... it makes me sad and I want to help them.

I would appreciate any adice, thanks!
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Low platelets (aka "thrombocytes") sometimes occur after exposure to a virus or to some vaccines. Has this child recently received vax? High white counts are a sign that one is fighting an infection. Do you know what the counts are? "Normal" platelet counts are in the hundreds of thousands--doctors vary wildly as to when to treat...some say treat at 20,000 others think there should be no treatment unless there are symptoms or injuries.

The family might find some info at www.itppeople.com Aside from articles and such on low platelets, there are boards where questions can be posted--I'm certainly not offering a diagnosis, but the people at that site are all dealing with low platelets (for all different reasons and some for unknown reasons) so the family might find it helpful.

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i have had low platelets for years.
i think the norm is around 200,000 count.
Mine are about 80,000.
No one ever found out why.
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Joan:

Thanks for your advice. I will tell the parents about the site that you mentioned. I am pretty sure that the baby had her first vax shots when she was 2mo. Now she will be 4mo and is probably about to get her next dose. I didn't see them this week. I sure hope to be able to speak to them before the next set of shots.


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It is a relief to see that a low platelets count will still let a person get on with their life. I hope that you can find out why though.
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I am hoping to see the baby's parents tomorrow at the support group... anyone have some last minute advice for them???
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