Hypoglycemia In Infancy

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Hypoglycemia is a condition that causes your infant's blood glucose (sugar) level to drop too low. When your infant's blood sugar level drops too low, his brain cells and muscles do not have enough energy to work well. Glucose is needed to help an infant's brain grow normally. Hypoglycemia may be short-term or ongoing.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your child's primary healthcare provider (PHP) as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Nutrition:

Your infant may need a change in the foods he eats to manage hypoglycemia. Ask your infant's PCP if he needs to be on a special diet.

Contact your infant's PHP if:

  • Your infant has side effects from his medicines.

  • Your infant is not eating well.

  • You have questions about your infant's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your infant has problems breathing.

  • Your infant has seizures.

  • Your infant is sluggish (less alert than usual).

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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