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Blood Product Transfusion Aftercare

What Care is Needed after a Blood Product Transfusion?

Thanks to modern blood bank procedures, few people have symptoms after transfusion of blood products. There is still a chance of complications though, even if your child has had a blood transfusion before or gets premedicated before receiving blood. Most reactions are not common and can most often be easily managed.

If your child has symptoms after receiving a blood product, call your doctor or nurse right away.


  • Fever over 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C) by mouth
  • Chills, headache, upset belly, loose stools or back pain
  • Dark colored urine
  • Hives, itching, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Swelling of feet or ankles
  • Has a cough that was not there before the transfusion
  • Tingling of the hands and feet


In rare cases, a delayed reaction can occur three to 10 days after a transfusion. Call your child's doctor if your child gets a fever, becomes pale, or jaundiced (yellow color of skin or whites of eyes).

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Last Updated 11/2021

Reviewed By Stephanie Feist, MSN, APRN, CNP