What Is Neonatal Hypoglycemia?

Q:
What is neonatal hypoglycemia?

A:
Neonatal hypoglycemia is a transient or temporary condition of decreased blood sugar in a neonate, defined as a plasma glucose level of less than 30 mg/dL (1.65 mmol/L) in the first 24 hours of life and less than 45 mg/dL (2.5 mmol/L) thereafter. Neonatal hypoglycemia is the most common metabolic problem in newborns.

It is normal to have temporary hypoglycemia in the first three hours after birth. Most of time it resolves without medical intervention. Lactose begins to be available through the breast milk after this time.

Infants with congestive heart failure, sepsis, respiratory disease, maternal epidural, endocrine disorders and so on have an increased risk of developing hypoglycemia shortly after birth.

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