Baby Food and G6PD Deficiency
Hi everybody! I am Kristine from the Philippines. I’d just like to share my thoughts on raising my second daughter, Cheyenne.
Cheyenne was born on October 8, 2010. She is now 7 months old. She was born healthy though, she has G6PD. G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition in which the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, or G6PD, which helps red blood cells (RBCs) function normally.
This deficiency can cause hemolytic anemia, usually after exposure to certain medications, foods, or even infections. There is no known cure nor do you grow out of it. It is a life long condition.
The only thing you can do is avoid substances which cause oxidative stress and that use G6PD.
It was difficult for me to accept at first because my eldest daughter is not affected. But after educating myself about the deficiency, I was able to understand and accept everything. G6PD babies are not allowed to eat certain foods that can trigger it like FAVA beans, tofu, soy, mints and others.
Cheyenne’s first solid food was Earth’s Best Rice Cereal and she loves it. Earth’s Best Rice Cereal is an organic cereal that does not have soy and gluten unlike Nestle Cerelac that has both.
However, there are times that this cereal is not available on the market so I tried Happy Timez Rice Cereal and Oatmeal. However Happy Timez Brand is very costly compared to Earth’s Best brand (a box would cost Php 250.00++). It was very hard to look for a cereal or oatmeal that is soy-free.
So I tried other alternatives. I am so lucky to have found this website because it gave me ideas and information on how I could prepare my home made baby food.
I have tried grinding the oatmeal (Quaker Oats 100% Rolled Oats) and mixed it with an egg yolk. My… she loves it and it is cheaper!
The information of storing baby’s food is very helpful too!. Since I am a working Mom, I usually prepare my baby’s food that is good for five days and freeze them on an individual baby container. I am very excited on trying other recipes here because I know the ingredients would not harm my baby and also it was prepared with Love and Care!
NOTE FROM EDITOR: We now have a page on our site for parents of babies with this condition, offering advice about which foods to avoid and links to useful resources.
Foods for a Baby With G6PD Deficiency
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