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

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
I think that children who have sickle cell disease are also more prone to mood disorders or just plain moodiness and irritability that often can be misinterpreted as a Psychiatric disorder when it is primarily driven by the sickle cell disease.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Scott Adams
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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