Sickle Cell Disease | Symptoms


When should I call my child's doctor?

You should call your doctor right away if you or your child has any of these signs:

  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Sudden paleness of the skin or nail beds
  • Yellow color of the skin or eyes (called jaundice)
  • Fever or signs of infection
  • Swelling in the abdomen (tummy)
  • Sudden tiredness with no interest in what is going on
  • Erection of the penis that won't go away
  • Trouble hearing or seeing
  • Weakness on one side of the body or a sudden change in speech
  • Headache
  • Trouble breathing
  • Joint, stomach, chest or muscle pain, or limping


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Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/90