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Facts About Sickle Cell Disease for School Teachers & Nurses

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source: Children's of Alabama

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Everyday Needs of a Child With SCD:

Give lots of fluids: Make sure that your student has fluid readily available at all times in class. We recommend keeping a water bottle at their desk, and particularly nearby during physical education. Fluids assist red blood cells in moving more easily throughout the blood vessels, which ultimately decreases the number of pain crises your student may experience.

 

Common Manifestations of SCD:

Anemia: Children with sickle cell may have symptoms of anemia including headaches, decreased energy, weakness, sleepiness, or pale color of lips, gums, or nail beds. This is due to shortened life span of a sickled red blood cell. A child with SCD should be allowed plenty of rest breaks especially during physical activity, and they should be allowed to do things at their own pace.

 

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