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If I adopt a child with sickle cell anemia, what should I expect?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine

In brief: Talk to a specialist

They can be well a lot but can have a lot of pain issues, pulmonary problems, more infections than other kids, maybe need transfusions and can be overwhelming if you do not know what you are getting in to.

In brief: Talk to a specialist

They can be well a lot but can have a lot of pain issues, pulmonary problems, more infections than other kids, maybe need transfusions and can be overwhelming if you do not know what you are getting in to.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Kate Tulenko
Pediatrics

In brief: Joy, stress, meaning

How wonderful! recent developments have allowed people with sickle cell to live longer, more full, and less painful lives.
However, they still have to take daily medication and are frequently hospitalized. Each child is different, but consider that you will most likely have to miss days at work while your child is sick.Talk to a pediatric hematologist before adopting a child with sickle cell.

In brief: Joy, stress, meaning

How wonderful! recent developments have allowed people with sickle cell to live longer, more full, and less painful lives.
However, they still have to take daily medication and are frequently hospitalized. Each child is different, but consider that you will most likely have to miss days at work while your child is sick.Talk to a pediatric hematologist before adopting a child with sickle cell.
Dr. Kate Tulenko
Dr. Kate Tulenko
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