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Home Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease

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source: UC Health


Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in which red blood cells become C-shaped. This causes impaired blood flow, pain, and other health problems. Symptoms usually show up by about 5 months of age.

Although a child who has sickle cell disease should be under a healthcare provider’s care, parents can do many things at home to reduce symptoms and maintain the child’s health.

Take these steps to prevent infections:

-Contagious diseases like the flu can be dangerous for children with sickle cell disease. They, as well as their caregivers and family members, should wash their hands several times a day with soap and water to reduce the spread of the flu virus and other germs.

-Children with sickle cell disease are also vulnerable to illness from a bacterium called salmonella. To avoid salmonella, they should avoid eating raw or undercooked meats and eggs.

-They should also avoid touching reptiles. They can carry the bacterium.

-Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date.

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