When your child starts to act strangely, your first inclination is probably that they have a virus. And they very well may! But if the symptoms persist longer than usual, and your doctor’s prescribed medications aren’t helping, what then?
If there’s something more serious going on under the surface, it’s important to uncover it right away and begin treatment. Take a look at these childhood leukemia symptoms in case your child begins to exhibit them.
Common Childhood Leukemia Symptoms
Due to the defectiveness of their white blood cells, kids with leukemia may come down with more viral or bacterial infections than usual. And because leukemia affects the way bone marrow produces red blood cells, they may also become anemic.
Some of the most common symptoms of leukemia are a pallid complexion, abnormal tiredness, and becoming short of breath easily. Additionally, bruising and/or prolonged bleeding (including frequent nosebleeds) can be evidence of leukemia as the bone marrow cannot produce clot-forming platelets anymore.
As you observe your child, you can also look for these possible warning signs:
- Fever with no other symptoms
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin, or elsewhere on the body
- Lack of appetite
- Pain in the joints or bones, sometimes accompanied by a limp
- Abdominal pain
- Balance problems
- Changes in vision
The Next Step
If you observe any or all of these symptoms in your child, you should see your pediatrician right away. If leukemia is the cause, and you find yourself needing emotional, spiritual, and/or financial support, get in touch with aTeam Ministries and tell us your story. Our mission is to help families just like yours. Together, we can make it through this!