Nutritionist urges parents to conduct G6PD test before complementary feeding

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Nutritionist urges parents to conduct G6PD test before complementary feeding

Ms. Joyce Asare Kissi, Nutritionist at the General Hospital, has emphasized the importance of conducting a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) test for babies before introducing complementary feeding. G6PD is a vital enzyme that facilitates the proper functioning of red blood cells, crucial for oxygen transport throughout the body.

Highlighting the consequences of G6PD deficiency, Ms. Kissi explained that it can result in the destruction of red blood cells, leading to anaemia. She underscored the significance of the test in determining suitable foods for babies, particularly in avoiding items that may exacerbate the condition.

During an educational program organized for pregnant women and mothers with children under five years, Ms. Kissi cautioned against certain foods such as legumes (especially soy products, fava beans, and peanuts), camphor artificial species, and pre-packed processed foods, which could be harmful if not properly evaluated through the G6PD test.

Ms. Kissi emphasized the importance of preparing nutritional meals and natural fruit drinks for children, especially for those attending school, to promote their overall well-being. She warned against the consumption of sugary drinks and pre-packed foods, citing their contribution to the rising incidence of diabetes in children.

Moreover, she urged mothers of children with G6PD deficiency to be vigilant about their diets and the products they use. As part of the initiative, caregivers were provided with free samples of Kokoplus, designed to supplement children's diets with essential nutrients.

The educational program, organized by Raphal Medical Centre in collaboration with the General Hospital and sponsored by the Koko Plus Foundation, underscores the importance of raising awareness about proper nutrition practices for infants and young children.

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