Tangie - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
My daughter was diagnosed with MCAD Deficiency (Medium Chain Acyl coa Dehydrogenase) when the hospital did the newborn screenings almost 6yrs ago. Its was one of many on the screening panels. Its considered to be a metabolic disorder in which case she cannot fast. She's missing a fatty oxidation enzyme which allows you to store energy when you have gone without eating for sometime. In her case no longer then 10-12 hrs without food, bascially overnight. Special attention also has to be made if she's sick and continues to vomit and not keep anything down. In that case I would take her to the hospital and they would give her fluids with a double dose of sugar in it. Thank GOD she has only been to the hospital once for her disorder, she was sick and didn't want to eat. She's doing very well. Although, she does eat quite often and I'm wondering if her metabolism is burning twice as much because of the MCAD. She sees a Genetic Specialist once a year...will have to ask this year.
When I tell people of her disorder, no one seems to have heard of it. Just wondering if any other Moms out there have a child or children with MCAD.