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There are many elements to treatment of sickle cell disease in children.

Preventive Care

Prevention is a major focus of treatment for sickle cell disease in children - taking steps to prevent infections, pain and other health problems before they start.

Regular check-ups are an important part of keeping children with sickle cell healthy. We see children for check-ups at our clinic and consult about check-ups and preventive care for children who live outside our area.

Treatment for Health Problems

Certain treatments can help control health problems like infections and pain, as well as some of the other severe issues that sometimes arise from sickle cell, such as breathing and heart problems and strokes. It's important to watch for signs of these problems and take steps early on to control them.

We provide a wide range of treatments for sickle cell disease depending on what each child needs. For instance, a child with an infection may need antibiotics or one with pain may need pain medicines. For some patients medical treatments can dramatically reduce the severity of disease and increase lifespan. Some patients are cured with stem cell transplantation.

A child with pain may need services from our Pain Medicine Program.

Education

Education is also important in sickle cell disease treatment. Children with sickle cell disease do best when they, their families and their schools know about their disease and how to take care of it.

We teach about things like warning signs to watch for, what do to when problems arise, how to cope with pain and how avoid hospital stays.

We also offer genetic counseling, which means we can test parents and family members for sickle cell trait and help them understand their risk of having a child with sickle cell disease.

Learn more about our Sickle Cell Program.

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