Sickle Cell Disease

 

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that passes from parent to child. At-risk babies can be tested for the sickle cell trait or the disease itself by the age one.  The disease causes pain in the hands, feet, belly, back or chest and may last for days. Often these symptoms are accompanied by anemia. If diagnosed, treatment requires life-long education and maintenance. Initial treatment involves immunizations, antibiotics, and a daily vitamin regimen.