Frequently Asked Questions
A lot of people believe that the truth about G6PD Deficiency should be withheld from people. They think that you aren’t able to handle the truth. They think that as long as you don’t know babies are dying from ignorance at the hand of doctors, everything will be swell. I’m not one of those people. Personally, I’m tired of the horror stories about babies dying because the doctors didn’t know they had G6PDD, or worse, didn’t know what to do if they did. So the following are very candid and straight forward answers to some of the more common questions I have received over the past seven or eight years.
Caring For Sick G6PD Deficient People
All over the counter medicines such as paracetamol, aspirin, Tylenol, etc., are all on the avoid list. Remember, a fever is not necessarily a bad thing. It helps the body fight infections so, in most instances, it should be left to do its work at killing all those bad bugs. However, if a child cannot rest due to a fever, a tepid bath or sponge bath with tepid water is recommended.
In any case, if the cause of the fever is unknown, the child is under 4 months old or exhibiting other symptoms (dehydration, seizures, etc.), he/she should be taken to see a doctor or urgent care facility.
See Fever Myths.
Pineapple juice with a little lemon juice will help with coughs and a sore throat. (Both ingredients help to fight bacteria.) Ginger and oregano added to the mix will increase the anti-oxidant properties. If the child is over one year old, a little honey can also be added, as it will also help to fight bacteria. (If you are adding honey, it should be locally produced raw honey.)
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice – ideally home squeezed
- Some fresh lemon juice — roughly a quarter of a cup
- A little bit of ginger – around 3 inches long
- A little honey (if at least one year old)
Add all the ingredients to your juicer or blender! Give a teaspoon full to your baby or drink a little as needed.
Another treatment for cough is NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) sold as a supplement. It is also sold as Fluimucil, but it has other ingredients in it that are not good for us. NAC helps to thin mucus and make it easier to eliminate. Look Online or ask your pharmacist.
Saline solution nose spray or drops. It is also an antibiotic and kills germs in the nose, so it helps fight sinus infections. It is non-toxic and can be given as often as needed. Just put a drop or two into each nostril. If the child is old enough or for adults a salt water rinse works wonders.