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What happens if my baby is born with sickle cell disease?

What happens if my baby is born with sickle cell disease?

Needs special care: Baby w/ sickle cell disease needs special attention, so work closely with your pediatrician and pediatric hematologist (blood disease specialist). Your baby need daily medications (vitamins, antibiotic). You need to learn to spot signs and symptoms of sickle cell crisis. Your infant should get all routine childhood vaccines because he/she may not be able to fight infections well. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more


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What are the chances of my babies having sickle cell if I have trait?

What are the chances of my babies having sickle cell if I have trait?

Depends: If you have sickle trait and your spouse has normal hemoglobin- your baby's chance to have trait is 50%. If your spouse also have trait then your baby chance's to have sickle cell disease is 25% and 50% risk for trait. ...Read more

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How many children are born with sickle cell disease each year?

How many children are born with sickle cell disease each year?

Aproximately 1600: The sickle cell gene is carried without symptoms in 1/12 african americans. The estimated ss birth rate is 1600 according to the georgia comprehensive sickle cell center at emory university in atlanta. ...Read more

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What are the odds of children born with sickle cell disease living to a ripe old age?

What are the odds of children born with sickle cell disease living to a ripe old age?

Good: With comprehensive sickle cell care, including newborn screening for the disease, childhood penicillin prophylaxis and receipt of new conjugated vaccines to decrease early death from infection, and ongoing screening for increased risk of stroke in childhood with resulting intervention to decrease risk of stroke, it is unusual for a child to die of sickle cell disease today. ...Read more

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How does your baby get sickle cell disease after birth?

How does your baby get sickle cell disease after birth?

They don't:: Sickle cell disease is congenital. However, babies are born with enough fetal hemoglobin in their red cells to prevent sickle crises immediately; as fh levels decrease with age, the disease gets more severe. ...Read more

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How soon can sickle cell disease be tested for after the newborn is born?

How soon can sickle cell disease be tested for after the newborn is born?

Sickle cell testing: In the United States, all states mandate testing for sickle cell anemia as part of their newborn screening programs. The test uses blood from the same blood samples used for other routine newborn screening tests. The test can show whether a newborn infant has sickle hemoglobin (from http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca/diagnosis.Html). ...Read more

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