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Hypoglycemia in Infancy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

Hypoglycemia is a condition that causes your infant's blood glucose (sugar) level to drop too low. When this happens, his or her 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.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • Your infant has problems breathing.
  • Your infant has a seizure.

Call your infant's pediatrician if:

  • Your infant is sluggish (less alert than usual).
  • Your infant has side effects from his or her medicines.
  • Your infant is not eating well.
  • You have questions or concerns about your infant's condition or care.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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

Follow up with your infant's pediatrician as directed:

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

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