Sickle cell disease: What to do if your child is unwell

PDF download is not available for Arabic and Urdu languages at this time. Please use the browser print function instead

Easy-to-understand information about the treatment of sickle cell disease.

Key points

  • Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder.
  • The two main characteristics of SCD are long-term anemia and recurrent episodes of vaso-occlusion.
  • If your child is unwell you will need to take their temperature and possibly do a pain assessment.
  • Fever in a child with SCD is a sign of infection and is considered an emergency and requires prompt treatment with antibiotics.
  • Pain management can include medications, physical strategies and psychological strategies.
  • Do not use ice packs to treat pain.
Last updated: June 12th 2023