Coping with a sickle-cell crisis at school
Pain is the main symptom of a sickle-cell crisis.
How to look after me
- Reassure me and give me plenty of fluids, and let me keep warm and rest.
- Give me pain relief as indicated on my healthcare plan.
- In all cases contact my parent or carer.
- If I have pain in the hips, legs, arms or back then give pain relief, but if there is no improvement after an hour then contact my parent / carer.
What to do if things get worse
- If I have a fever of 38 degrees then contact my parent / carer.
- If I have sudden, severe and constant headaches, then call for an ambulance.
- If I am having difficulty breathing then call for an ambulance.
- If I have severe pain in the chest or abdomen then call for an ambulance.