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What is a good activity for child with sickle cell disease?
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Dr. Scott Adams
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Adams
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Dr. Della Howell
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. Della Howell
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
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In brief: Normal
Children with sickle cell anemia should have full activitiy although there may be some precautions at higher altitudes.

In brief: Normal
Children with sickle cell anemia should have full activitiy although there may be some precautions at higher altitudes.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Scott Miller
I would add the caveat that coaches/trainers etc should know the diagnosis and allow the child with sickle cell disease to set his/her own limits. Varsity athletics may be a problem; see the recent NCAA controversy about even trait (the American Society of Hematology just released a policy statement).
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