Sickle cell anaemia in children
Around one baby in every 1,900 born in the UK has sickle cell disease. Children with sickle cell disease face a lifetime of ill health. They have attacks of intense pain – called crises – and are at risk of life-threatening complications, including organ failure. Children with the illness are prone to developing kidney disease as they get older.
We are funding research into sickle cell.
Around one in 2,000 babies born in the UK has sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder.1 Some children with sickle cell disease have learning difficulties. The children are unusually susceptible to having strokes, which are known to cause learning difficulties, but Professor Fenella Kirkham, of University College London’s Institute of Child...