What is Galactosemia?

Galactosemia is a hereditary condition that affects the body to use a simple galactose resulting in an accumilation of galactose.

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What are the causes of Galactosemia?

This is caused by the lack of liver enzymes that is required to metalbolize Galactose. People with galactosemia cannot fully break down simple sugars. If given milk, it will destroy the liver, kidneys, brain and eyes and they can develop mental retardation.

What are the symptoms of Galactosemia?

If infants drink formula eat or drink formula or breast milk that contains lactose they might have a serious blood infection with the bacteria E. Coli.
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  • Vomiting.
  • Yellow skin and white of the eyes.
  • Poor feeding ( babies will not eat formula with milk)
  • Convulsions.
  • Irritability.
  • Lethargy.

What are the treatment(s) for Galactosemia?

Some treatments for galactosemia is avoiding milk, products that contain milk, and food that have glactose in it. Calcium supplements are recommended for a subsitution for milk. Parents that have children that have galactosemia need to educate and teach them to avoid milk, products containing milk and food with glactose.

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