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How is hemoglobin s taken care of in a child?
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If they only have one copy of HGB s, then they only have sickle cell trait, which does not need any treatment.
If they have two copies, then they have sickle cell. This can result in recurrent pain crisis'. The child will need to have pneumococcal vaccines, which is recommended for all children now, and prophylactic antibiotics. And care by a hematologist.

In brief: See below
If they only have one copy of HGB s, then they only have sickle cell trait, which does not need any treatment.
If they have two copies, then they have sickle cell. This can result in recurrent pain crisis'. The child will need to have pneumococcal vaccines, which is recommended for all children now, and prophylactic antibiotics. And care by a hematologist.
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