Recovery starts in our hospital. Your child is different so he may need to rest for a longer, or shorter, time. Our doctors and nurses will let you know how your child is doing and when he can go home. On average, children who had:
- Autologous transplants stay two to three weeks
- Allogenic transplants stay three weeks to a little more than a month.
Special issues after BMT
Our staff will be checking with your child every day he is in the hospital to check him for:
- Low blood cells, called anemia
- Low platelets, called thrombocytopenia
- Low white blood cells
- Mouth sores, called muscositis
- Hair loss, called alopecia
- Irritation of the bladder, called hemorrhagic cystitis
- Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD)
What is graft-versus-host disease (GvHD)?
After your child’s BMT, the graft that is made up of donor cells can see your child’s body (the host) as different. Just like when you fight off a cold, the graft makes cells to fight your child’s body.
Having your child take his medicines on time every day is the most important single thing you can do to help stop GvHD.