Anemia and Blood Transfusion Bead
Premature infants often are anemic, which means they don’t have enough red blood cells. Normally, the baby stores iron during the later months of pregnancy and uses it late in pregnancy and after birth to make red blood cells. Infants born too soon may not have had enough time to store iron. Preemies may also become anemic from blood loss before or during delivery, a mismatch of the baby’s and mother’s blood types, the need to take frequent blood samples to preform necessary laboratory tests, or an inability to make enough red blood cells to keep up with the preemie baby’s rapid growth rate.
This bead represents the struggles with anemia, the constant and sometimes continues blood draws and the need for blood transfusions.