What physical activities are good for a child with sickle cell disease?

Any. They can do what ever they are physically capable of doing. The only problem would be in high altitudes were the oxygen concentration is less.

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What's a good activity for child with sickle cell disease?

Fun activites. Kids with sickle cell deserve to have fun, just like their peers. But you need to concentrate on activities that do not pound on the joints or involve hard, full body contact. The best activity by far is swimming. It moves the joints, improves range of motion, improves lung and heart capacity, and is fun. But whatever your child chooses, ensure good stretching prior to activity. Dive in! Read more...
Many different. Activities may be appropriate for a child with sickle cell disease. It is important to avoid extreme temperature changes, excessive cold, and dehydration. Playing outside with friends, riding bikes, playing various sports that aren't at the super competitive level can be fun and safe. If one part of the body is prone to getting a pain crisis, then avoid activities that cause stress to that area. Read more...

What is a good activity for child with sickle cell disease?

Normal. Children with sickle cell anemia should have full activitiy although there may be some precautions at higher altitudes. Read more...
Exercise and general. Activity is overall a good thing for these kids. But, precautions need to be taken - drink lots of fluids, especially with activities. Some organized sports like football are just too much to handle and put the children at risk. One thing to watch out for is changes in temperature exposure - going from a hot day into a cold pool may trigger a pain crisis. But so can a vigorous video game... Read more...
Depends on the child. Children with scd should be as active as possible to promote good overall health including cardiovascular fitness and weight. Some children will need to restrict their activities if they have ongoing issues such as lung or heart disease or if certain activities serve as triggers for crises. One of the most important things is to maintain excellent hydration. Talk with your hematologist. Read more...

What are good play activities for a sickle cell anemia 3rd grader?

Sickle cell and play. The activities that a patient with sickle cell disese can participate in depend on the individual and their baseline hemoglobin level. Some patients get too fatigued to do anything that requires much exertion. Others can play b-ball as long as they stay well-hydrated. Encourage your 3rd grader to do what they are interested in, and modify their participation as needed based on your observations. Read more...

Will a child with sickle cell disease get sick more often than normal children?

Yes. In general, children with sickle cell disease are more susceptible to certain bacterial infections than other children. Preventative antibiotics given in small doses are often indicated to prevent certain bacterial infections. In addition, regular childhood immunizations have been particularly important for children with sickle cell disease to prevent life-threatening bacterial infections. Read more...
Yes, on average. Due to their disease, sickle cell disease children are immune-compromised, and it will be easier for them to get sick. That is why preventive antibiotics, vaccines, and flu-shots are so important for them. Any fever can represent a life-threatening emergency for them, so they must be extra careful to avoid ill people, wash their hands, avoid crowds, etc. Read more...
Not neccessarily. Some children with sickle cell diseas may have all of the usual childhood infections at the same frequency as other children and not develop sickle cell related complications while others will go on to develop problems. The best thing to do is to follow your pediatric hematologist's directions regarding illness and take all signs/ symptoms of illness seriously. Read more...

What is the best pain reliever to give a child with sickle cell disease who is in a painful crisis?

Often... ...Iv fluids, oxygen, transfusion, and/or narcotics may be necessary, in a hospital setting. Read more...
Have a plan... It is essential for patients with sickle cell disease to develop a pain plan with their hematologist. Many pain crises can be effectively treated in the outpatient setting (usually starting with Ibuprofen and oral narcotics as well as good hydration). If this is not effective, then usually IV medications such as toradol and morphine are used. Read more...