Sickle Cell Disease and Pneumonia

INTRODUCTION

Pneumonia (lung infection) is very common in children and adult with sickle cell disease. Children with sickle cell disease are more exposed to pneumonia and should be given prompt treatment.

SIGNS OF PNEUMONIA

  • Fever

  • Frequent coughing

  • Rapid breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty ”grunting”

  • Tiredness

  • Chest pain

TREATMENT OF PNEUMONIA

  • Take the child to the hospital to see the doctor if the above signs show
  • The child should use the antibiotics the Doctor gives him/her
  • The child should wear warm clothing, socks and shoes during cold season