Winter Health and Safety Tips for Children with Sickle Cell Anemia
Abigail Roth, RN, provided the following information to help families stay healthy this winter.
The wind is building, there's even been some snow. Winter is on its way!
During the next several months, temperatures drop below freezing and snow will begin to fall. The hematology staff at the American Family Children's Hospital would like to remind families to take special precaution during the winter months to keep a child with sickle cell anemia healthy.
Cold temperatures, high winds and exposure to sick contacts can all put your child at risk for a sickle cell pain crisis or infection. Please remember-children with sickle cell anemia should stay indoors when the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid standing out at the bus stop for long periods of time in very cold weather.
If it is this cold during school hours, children should remain indoors during recess.
Children should always wear a warm winter coat with mittens and hat during winter.
If there is smoking in the home, encourage smoking to be done outdoors to reduce your child's risk of exposure.
Please call the clinic or your child's primary physician for a flu vaccine. This year's vaccine contains both the influenza and H1N1 virus in one syringe. Please make sure that your child's vaccinations are up-to-date.
Call if your child's temperature goes above 100.4°F. Remember to keep giving all of your child’s medications as directed.