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Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia in Childhood

AMBULATORY CARE:

Non-diabetic hypoglycemia

is a condition that causes your child'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. This type of low blood sugar level can happen in children who do not have diabetes. Glucose is also important for helping your child's brain grow normally.

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

  • Your child has a seizure or faints.

Call your child's pediatrician if:

  • Your child has trouble thinking clearly.
  • Your child has symptoms of hypoglycemia and cannot eat.
  • 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.

Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia

may be mild and not easily seen. Newborns may not have any symptoms at all. Your infant may have any of the following:

  • Breathing that stops for short periods of time
  • Blue or purple skin color
  • Low body temperature
  • Problems eating well
  • Seizures
  • Sluggish or drowsy behavior

Treatment

depends on the cause of your child's hypoglycemia. He or she may need to eat or drink a source of glucose to try and raise the blood sugar level. Some children may need to be given glucose through an IV at a hospital. Your child's hypoglycemia may go away with treatment as he or she grows.

Nutrition:

If your child has ketotic hypoglycemia, he or she may need to be fed often. Your child 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 pediatrician if he or she needs to be on a special diet.

Follow up with your child's pediatrician as directed:

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

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