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Emergency Planning

What you need to know

mother and daughter

The child needs 24 hour access to a medical facility that can provide urgent evaluation and treatment for acute illness such as fever, acute chest syndrome, and splenic sequestration (over-filled spleen). More about spleen problems

What you can do

A plan is needed to deal with mild to moderate episodes of pain.  Application of heat, hydration and/or ibuprofen may provide relief. A plan should be in place if fever, chest pain, respiratory symptoms, and/or behavior changes are seen. Be aware if a child has a severe headache or is groggy. It could be a sign of a stroke.  Contact parents and hospital as necessary.

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