Sickle cell disease
By Nadia & Ananias
What is sickle cell?
How can you be treated?
When parents learn that their baby has sickle cell disease, it's the beginning of a lifelong education process. Knowing as much as you can about the disease can help you control symptoms as they arise and know what to do in emergency situations. Treatment includes:
- Routine childhood immunization in adulthood are important too.
- Daily antibiotics from 2 months to 5 years of age to prevent life-threatening infections. This practice stops at age 5 because older children don't have as many severe infections.
- Multivitamin supplements with iron during infancy.
- Protein supplements if there is a lag in weight gain.