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sickle cell trait

By Anonymous December 23, 2013 - 9:45am
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my child (age-1 year) with HbA0(ADULT)-50.9%; Hb A2-3.3%; Hb F-3.8%, Hb 'D' WINDOW-NIL;
Hb 'S' WINDOW-37.3%; Hb 'C" WINDOW-NIL, is found to be affected by sickle cell trait, what precaution should be taken of & what is the percentage of risk factor?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

As you know, sickle cell disease is a blood disease that can cause severe anemia in those afflicted with it. It's mostly seen in disease-afflicted African countries, as well as in African Americans who carried the trait from Africa.

However, since your child has sickle cell trait and not sickle cell anemia, it's unlikely he or she will get symptoms in his/her lifetime. 

--When a child has two parents with sickle cell trait, there's a 25% chance that the child will have sickle cell disease.

--When one parent has the sickle cell trait but the other does not, the child will inherit the trait, but not the disease.

--But when one parent is carrying the trait and the other actually has the disease, the odds increase to 50% that their child will inherit the disease.

However, here are some tips for a child with the trait:

  • Take daily folic acid supplements. This will help to build new red blood cells.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid temperature extremes.
  • Avoid overexertion and stress.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Get regular check-ups with knowledgeable healthcare providers.
  • Seek genetic counseling.

Has this helped?



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