What To Think About
- Early detection and treatment of galactosemia is very important because the disease can cause brain damage, liver failure, and Reference cataracts Opens New Window if it is not treated. Within 24 hours of drinking breast milk or formula, galactose blood levels in a baby with galactosemia start to rise. A galactosemia test 2 to 3 days after birth will show whether your baby has galactosemia. Almost all states in the United States have laws that require galactosemia testing of newborns within a few days of birth.
- If your baby's test is positive, the test will be repeated to confirm the diagnosis.
- If test results confirm that your baby has galactosemia, ask to speak to a Reference dietitian Opens New Window. A substitute for breast milk or milk-based formula, such as formula made from soybeans or meat, will prevent damage caused by galactosemia. It will never be safe to give milk or milk products to a child who has galactosemia.
- If you or your partner knows that you are a carrier of galactosemia or if you have family members with galactosemia, you may want to have Reference genetic counseling Opens New Window to learn about the disease and the likelihood of passing it to your children. For more information, see the topic Reference Genetic Test.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics