The 19th of June every year is set aside to create awareness for “Sickle Cell”, the day is tagged “World Sickle Cell Day”. Records show that over 300,000 children worldwide are born yearly with Sickle Cell Disease, the Sickle Cell Disease is not contagious but is however hereditary; people living with Sickle Cell could develop several complications and it is important that the people they are surrounded by are able to help to make living easier. Here are some ways you could help or support a Sickle Cell patient.
Encourage them to get regular check-up with trusted and experienced professionals, it is safer to prevent than to cure.
Help them stay hydrated, they need to drink about 8-10 glasses of water daily.
SUPPORT IN TIME OF PAIN
When in pain, help them by massaging the spot, you can also apply heat from a hot water bottle or a deep heat cream.
HELP THEM REST
Encourage them to rest and not overwork themselves, they can exercise but not be involved in strenuous activity.
You can help or encourage them find a support group or a community-based organisation, being with people that understand your state of being helps mentally and goes a long way.