Symptoms of von Willebrand disease in children include unusually lengthy or recurring nosebleeds, easily occurring bruising, and abnormally long general bleeding, according to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Girls may experience heavy menstrual periods.
Von Willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder that results in protracted or inordinate bleeding, notes Mayo Clinic. It is the result of a von Willebrand factor protein deficiency or impairment, which reduces the ability of blood to appropriately clot following a bleeding episode. There is no cure for the condition, but treatments include medicines, such as desmopressin; clotting factors, including von Willebrand factor and Factor VIII; and blood transfusions, explains Seattle Children’s Hospital.