Hello Parents, Mothers, Fathers, Step-parents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, Sisters & Brothers….of children living with Sickle Cell Anemia. I had a few thoughts on this topic today and wanted to catch those thoughts on my blog. For those who have small children living with this genetic blood disorder, their younger years is vital to implement in them, “Healthy Living”..Drinking a lot of water, herbal teas (caffeine free), eating fruits & vegetables, Staying away from sodas, sugars, fast foods, heavy meats & meals. Teaching your young child to eat healthy and maintain sensible activities that will not over exert them, healthy fluids, supplements & pain meds, will take them into their adult years with a solid foundation of who they are.
Understanding when to rest & when to play at an early age will help your children grow up listening to their bodies on a regular basis. Learning how to give detail adjectives when pain hits. When tiredness sits in and when not feeling 100% is hovering around.
Explaining to them that there are 1000s of other little boys and girls that live with the same thing and they are not alone. Going to the library or searching the internet helping them understand what their cells are doing can be helpful.
And last understanding the basic Sickle Cell vocabulary, such as ((Folic Acid, Fetal Hemoglobin, Spleen, Stroke, Transfusion, Painful Events, Blood Count, etc…))
Start educating your child about their bodies early makes them strong adults~