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

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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Dr. Scott Miller
But not into cold water! Cold water is one of the few specific proven precitants of pain crisis.
Dr. Scott Miller
precipitants (causes)
Dr. Della Howell
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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