How safe are blood transfusions for children?

Children receiving transfusions of blood or blood components face allergic and febrile (having symptoms of a fever) reactions, as well as serious complications such as lung injury and infectious disease. The risk for disease transmission in children is essentially the same as the risk for adults, but may be more costly over the long term because infants and young children may live longer with chronic illness stemming from transfusion.

The risk of possible life-threatening transfusion reactions is dependent on the number of donors children are exposed to.

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