Low Platelet Count (Thrombocytopenia)

Signs of a low platelet count
If your child has a low platelet count, you may see one or more of the following signs:

Bruising or petechiae (small, red, pinpoint spots on the skin)
Bleeding from the nose, gums or central venous access device that doesn’t stop after applying pressure for 5 – 10 minutes
Black stools or vomit (this may mean blood is in the stomach or bowel)

Any child with a low platelet count should not play contact sports (football, rugby), and use a soft toothbrush when brushing teeth to prevent bleeding of the gums.

If your child gets a nose bleed, sit your child upright as you apply pressure to the outsides of each nostril, just below the bridge. Pinch the area with your thumb and finger and hold the pressure for 10 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, call your healthcare provider.