Signs to Watch Out For

Handfoot Syndrome (swollen hands and feet)

Yellow eyes – from jaundice & break of red blood cells

Fever!!! (Temperature of 38.3oC)

Pains – General all over the body

Enlargement of Stomach (enlarged spleen)

Tiredness/ paleness

Dark urine

Anaemia – low blood level

Priapism

Remedies to Stay Healthy

Drink plenty of fluid

See your doctor promptly

Take your pain relief medicine as prescribed by your doctor

Rest as appropriate

Take Folic acid daily

Keep warm in cold weather

Reducing the Burden of SCD in Nigeria

INFORMED DECISION FOR YOUTHS (unmarried)

Listen to educative and awareness programs on SCD

Know your GENOTYPE TODAY!!!

Know the GENOTYPE OF YOUR PARTNER to be

Make INFORMED DECISIONS on who to marry

WHEN MARRIED WITH CHILDREN

Know the genotype of your children at very early ages (before/at 1yr of age)

If SS see the Doctor for appropriate care

Immunize your children as at when due

Keep him/her clean

Keep your surroundings clean

Purchase mosquitoes nets or net your windows at home

Purchase thermometers to identify fevers as soon as it starts in each of your children

Call the Doctor for temperature above 37.4oC (at the armpit)

Always give your children plenty of fluids (water and orange)

The Part of my Body to Tell my Parent About if it Hurts

Some parts of the body show early signs of problems that can easily be solved by early treatment which will save the life of a child with sickle cell disease.

PART OF THE BODY DANGER SIGNS !!!
Head/ Neck Headache or dizziness or stiff neck
Chest Coughs, without fever or chest pain or trouble in breathing
Stomach Severe pain or swelling
Skin and eyes Eyes or skin look yellow, loss of normal skin colour ( very pale or gray)
Arms, legs, and back Pain with no other symptoms
Nose Runny or stuffed nose
Body If there is fever and the TEMPERATURE is 38oC or higher and it lasts for more than 24hrs

Easing Pain at Home

Your child may have pains at times from sickle cell disease. Usually, the pain is mild enough to treat at home. Infants and toddlers may show pain by crying, refusing to walk or pointing to the place that hurt. Pay attention to these signs. Try different ways to ease pain to see which ones help the most.

Home Remedies

Drinking lots of fluids

Rest or play quietly

Take a warm bath

Put a heating pad or warm moist towel on sore places

Massage the place that hurts

Take acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Ibupain, Bufen, Advil or Nuprin)

If Pain becomes severe, Consult your Doctor

Keep Your Child Busy

Keeping your child busy is an important way to deal with the pain.

The child can talk to people

The child can watch TV

The child can play games or listen to music

Help Your Child Learn to Relax

Your child may hurt less if she is able to relax. You can help your child learn to relax when he/ she is in pain. With practice, your child may be able to stay calm and relaxed.

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