What can family members and patients do to manage recurring pain of sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Inform parents and children that recurring pain is expected. Assist them in developing an approach that allows continued normal activities even with pain. Instruct parents and family members to provide sympathy but to do so with encouragement and support, so as to help the child accept the pain, rather than to submit to it.

Parents and family members are encouraged to provide local measures and over-the-counter drugs for mild pain. Physicians suggest keeping on hand a small supply of a mild narcotic analgesic for pain that does not respond to lesser measures.


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