Blood Product Transfusion Aftercare

Thanks to modern blood bank procedures, few people will experience symptoms following transfusion of blood products. However, if your child should develop symptoms after receiving a blood product, call your doctor or nurse right away.
  • Fever over 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C) orally
  • Chills, headache, nausea or back pain
  • Dark colored urine
  • Hives, itching, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Swelling of feet or ankles or a cough that was not present before the transfusion

In rare cases, a delayed reaction can occur three to 10 days following transfusion of red blood cells.

Call your child's doctor if your child develops a fever or becomes pale or jaundiced (yellow color in skin and whites of eyes) three to 10 days after a blood transfusion. 

Last Updated 12/2013