Because of illness or injury, some children need to receive transfusions of blood and blood products. This procedure may be frightening for parents and their children. Many parents are also concerned about the safety of transfusions. While blood supply in the United States is considered very safe, parents should know a few things about blood transfusions and the safety of blood products for children. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about blood and blood transfusions.

The blood in our bodies does many important things.

Human blood is made up of several parts, and each part has a specific job.

Blood banks separate these parts from volunteer blood donations and have them available to transfuse separately when needed.

There are many different types of blood. The 4 major blood types (A, B, AB, and O) are classified by the presence of certain sugars (“A” or “B”...

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