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Non-diabetic Hypoglycemia In Childhood


Non-diabetic hypoglycemia is a condition that causes your child's blood glucose (sugar) level to drop too low. This type of low blood sugar level can happen in children who do not have diabetes. When your child's blood sugar level drops too low, his brain cells and muscles do not have enough energy to work well. Glucose is also important for helping your child's brain grow normally.


Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

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


If your child has ketotic hypoglycemia, he may need to be fed often. He may also need to be on a high-protein, high-carbohydrate diet. Some foods that contain protein are red meat, poultry (chicken and turkey), fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Some foods that contain carbohydrate are bread, tortillas, cereal, rice, and pasta. Ask your child's healthcare provider if he needs to be on a special diet.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has blurred vision or vision changes.
  • Your child feels very tired and weak.
  • Your child is sweating more than usual.
  • Your child feels dizzy, lightheaded, and shaky.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has symptoms of hypoglycemia and cannot eat.
  • Your child has trouble thinking clearly.
  • Your child has a seizure or faints.

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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.