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How is sickle cell anemia in children treated?

Although there is no known cure for sickle cell, it’s quite possible for a child to maintain a good quality of life. However, ongoing treatment is needed for this condition. The dietary supplement folic acid helps a lot because it aids in producing new red blood cells. The anticancer drug Hydroxyurea has proven to be effective in treating sickle cell by lowering the incidence of painful crises and treating acute chest syndrome. Vaccines and antibiotics like penicillin may be given to stave off bacterial infection. In more serious cases, a red blood cell transfusion may be needed. Bone marrow transplants are rare in these cases, but are called for on occasion.

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