Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD)

About one in 10,000 babies born in Scotland has MCADD. Babies with this inherited condition have problems breaking down certain fats, in order to make energy for the body. It can lead to serious illness and, in some cases where the baby is not feeding regularly, death.

MCADD is tested though an optional blood test. If this initial test shows a positive result, further tests will be carried out to confirm the diagnosis.  Parents with a baby who has MCADD will be given information on the importance of making sure that the child eats regularly and to pay special attention to feeding when the baby is unwell. This can prevent serious illness and allow babies with MCADD to develop healthily.

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