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Summer health and safety tips for children with sickle cell anemia

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source: UW Health - American Family Children's Hospital

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Abby Roth, Nurse Clinician provides the following tips for helping children with sickle cell anemia stay hydrated and healthy during the summer months.

• Stay Hydrated – Children with sickle cell anemia require an increased amount of liquids and are at a higher risk for dehydration. This need increases during the hot summer months and when a child is physically active.

• Stay Cool – A sudden change in body temperature can cause a child with sickle cell to have an acute pain episode. It is recommended that children with sickle cell should avoid becoming over-heated during the summer.

• Swimming

• Promote a Healthy Lifestyle 

• Encourage Peer Relationships 

• Take Steps to Control or Eliminate Complications 

• Continue Preventive Care for Health Maintenance

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