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Signs of Sickle Cell Pain in Babies

Posted Feb 12 2013 8:22pm
Written by Sickle Cell Warrior on 12 February 2013

babyA new mother sent us this question. “My baby has sickle cell. How can I tell if she is having pain or if a crisis is about to set in? She gets really upset and cries sometimes, and I’m instantly worried but have no way of knowing.”

Over 75 responses later, sickle cell warriors (parents and patients alike) gave her tons of advice. Read the thread on the . I’m writing this article in the hopes that another parent will find the answers useful.

Most of the babies will exhibit more than 1 sign below. Each element assessed by itself may not always mean a pain crisis, but several of the signs going on at the same time is a good message to you that some pain is affecting your precious baby.


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