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Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia in Childhood

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is non-diabetic hypoglycemia?

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.

What causes non-diabetic hypoglycemia?

The cause of non-diabetic hypoglycemia may not be known. It may be caused by certain medical conditions. These include hyperinsulinism (your child's body makes too much insulin), hypothyroidism, or prediabetes. It may also be caused by fasting, which can lead to ketotic hypoglycemia. This is a condition that causes the body to change fats into glucose for energy.

What are the signs and symptoms of non-diabetic hypoglycemia?

How is non-diabetic hypoglycemia diagnosed?

Your child's pediatrician will ask about your child's symptoms and examine him or her. The pediatrician may ask about the amount of time between your child's last meal and the start of his or her symptoms. He or she may also ask if any other children in your family have hypoglycemia, or have had it in the past. Your child may need any of the following:

How is non-diabetic hypoglycemia treated?

Treatment options

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

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

When should I call my child's pediatrician?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. 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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