Young children have viral infections of the gastrointestinal tract more often than adults, and as a result, are at higher risk for hypokalemia (low blood levels of potassium) because of the proportionately larger amount of fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhea. Diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition in which an individual cannot use glucose (sugar) due to the absence of or an insufficient amount of insulin, causes potassium levels to drop and is seen more often in children than adults.
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Can I live a normal life with a hemorrhaging disorder?
With the exceptions of having regular treatment and taking precautions, you can live an active, normal life with a hemorrhaging disorder. Replacement therapy is a preventive measure that when taken regularly can assist those with hemorrhaging disorders to avoid serious symptoms. People with hemorrhaging disorders can be active with the proper precautions, such as traveling with medications and equipment needed to administer treatment.
What could cause my red blood count to be elevated?
There are several things that can cause your red blood cell count, or similar lab tests such as hemoglobin and hematocrit, to be high. The most common is dehydration, because of a relative concentration of your red blood cells compared to the amount of fluid, or "plasma," in your bloodstream. Another common cause of a high red blood cell count is having a health condition that makes the amount of oxygen in your blood chronically low, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More concerning things that can cause this would be your body making too many red blood cells without a cause, a condition called polycythemia. Only your doctor can tell you which one of these conditions may be causing your elevated red blood cells.
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