Sickle cell anemia
is a common disorder. It is a genetic disease that has significant complications and requires significant medical treatment. If you feel your children may be at risk, then I would suggest you speak to your doctor
Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder. In this disorder, the blood cells of the patient are different then normal and are oddly shaped--as opposed to being normal circles like regular blood cells, the sickle cells are shaped like sickles. These cells are very fragile so break easily, but also are more difficult to get through the blood vessels so clog in the blood vessels. It is a significant disease in which the patient has serious pain and difficulty carrying oxygen in the blood.
It is a genetic disorder. This is most common among African Americans. You need two defective genes to get the disorder -- one from your mother and one from your father. If you get only one defective gene but one normal gene then you will not have any major symptoms. In order to see if you are at risk, talk to your doctor. Simple blood tests can tell if you have two defective genes, one defective gene (therefore your kids could be at risk) or zero defective genes (then your kids would not be at risk).
Talk to your doctor.