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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: A | 2008/01/22

Q.

Cholesterol in babies

I have been diagnosed with an inherited cholesterol problem (currently measured at 8.6). My brother had a triple heart bypass at age 40, my father had several heartattacks and generaly my siblings all have serious cholesterol problems.

I am on medication, but my doctor suggested that I have my 16 month old baby's cholesterol tested. Is this necessary at such a young age? What would be the appropriate age to do this?
Would she have to switch to low fat products before the age of 2?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your family has a condition known as familial hypercholesterolaemia. It is essential that you find out as early as possible if your baby is affected as well, but I would wait until your baby is at least 2 years old. The problems with this condition only occur in adult life. It is still a very good idea to keep her on a low fat diet eg skim milk, no butter, little if any cheese, limited eggs, few sweets and be especially careful with her eating fatty red meat.Even eating chicken skin can raise cholesterol levels.I am sure that you know all about the correct diet to follow.

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