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Is Alfresco Anti Bug Bite Moisturizer safe to use on babies with G6PD deficiency?

baby G6PD is short for, Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase, which is a substance found in red blood cells that helps prevent chemicals from damaging the red blood cells. Some people have a deficiency of this substance and are said to be G6PD deficient. In other words, they have a reduced amount of G6PD in their blood.

If a new born baby has inherited G6PD deficiency, the baby may become jaundiced soon after birth and need treatment under a special light called a ‘photo therapy’ lamp. Once the jaundice is corrected and the other trigger factors are avoided, baby should remain well generally and the G6PD deficiency need not be a problem.

Is Alfresco Anti Bug Bite Moisturizer safe to use on babies with G6PD deficiency?

We have been asked this question by understandably concerned parents on several occasions, which prompted us to research the condition for a definitive answer.

While there are numerous over the counter drugs that should be avoided, we could find no literature that suggests any ingredient in our Alfresco Anti Bug Bite Moisturizer would cause harm to babies with G6PD.

However, it is always best to err on the side of caution, especially with little ones. Therefore, we advise that you print out the list of ingredients below and take it along to your pediatrician for their professional opinion.



Ingredients: Aqua (water), Isopropyl, Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ceteareth-20, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool.


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A very informative blog giving information about which Chinese herbs to avoid when treating anyone with G6PD deficiency: