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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
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
If my baby is born with sickle cell disease does that mean I and her father have to have the trait?
Yes: Both of you have to carry the gene. ...Read more
Not necessarily: If you and your partner both have sickle cell trait, there is a 25% chance your child will be normal (not have sickle cell trait or anemia), a 50% chance they will have sickle cell trait (just like you and your partner), and a 25% chance they will have sickle cell disease. Prenatal diagnosis is available early in pregnancy that will tell you what your child has. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it genetically possible for a parent with sickle cell disease to have a baby without sickle trait?
Only using a donor: The offspring of someone with ss disease wil either have trait, or if the spouse has other issues could have trait plus whatever is contributed by the spouse. If the spouse has trait, ss or trait are the potential outcomes. If the baby has none of the genes of the ss parent (thru ivf etc.) they could escape the gene. ...Read more
New mutation: Sickle cell trait is almost always caused by a gene passed down from one parent. The parent may not even know he or she has it. Rarely, a new mutation can also occur-- a child's gene changes on its own, meaning that they didn't get it from a parent. I could not find the exact rate of these new mutations. It's rare, but it can at least theoretically happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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