Preventative Care

Do not take aspirin and other medicines that affect the way your platelets function.

Toddlers should wear a protective helmet during playtime to avoid bumps and bruises, especially while learning to walk.

If your child is crawling or learning to walk, you may want some additional padding in the knees and elbows of clothing. Wearing socks will help to avoid little scrapes and bruises on the feet.
When choosing footwear, be sure that it is soft and comfortable for your toddler. Be sure to check for a proper fit so that the back of the foot does not become irritated due to rubbing.
Sunsuits are helpful in preventing sunburn and protecting knees and elbows when playing by the pool or at a splashpark.  Don't forget foot protection too!

Protect your child against insect bites, which may lead to bleeding.

Keep a small child's nails filed short to avoid small cuts into the skin.  Try to avoid clipping the nails, as it may cause bleeding if the skin is accidently nipped.

  Baby proof your home!
  •   Tub bumpers and bath mat
  •   Non-slip rug in the bathroom
  •   Crib Bumpers and Padding
  •   Table bumpers
  •   First Aid Kit -One for travel and one for home
  •   Safety gates at the top and bottom of stairway
Wear medical identification.  Medical ID should include patients full name, diagnoses (Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia, platelet function disorder), phone number of treating hematologist, and other emergency medical instructions you wish to include (such as infuse platelets for life-threatening bleeding). 

Take great care in maintaining excellent oral hygiene. For infants and toddlers, use an extra soft toothbrush and be sure to clean the teeth and gums in a delicate manner to avoid gum bleeding.  See a dentist every six months, and use a dentist that is familiar with bleeding disorders.
Avoid rigid foods, such as potatoe chips, that may cause mouth bleeding.

Give your child soft toys to play with and soft books to read.  Avoid hard toys, if possible.

Avoid activities that have a high risk of injury, especially contact sports.
If you are going to play sports, a safety helmet should be worn.

If you are a woman, ask your healthcare provider about whether taking oral contraceptives to help control heavy bleeding is right for you.

*Speak with your treating hematologist to establish a treatment plan. Have your hematologist write down the correct dosages of medication that should be given in the event of an emergency. You should keep your treatment plan and medications with you at all times. It will be helpful to bring your treatment plan with you in the event of a hospital visit. GT is an extremely rare disorder. As a result, many doctors and hospital staff are not familiar with the disorder. Learn as much as you can about GT in order to ensure proper treatment.