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What are the normal potassium levels for an infant?

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Dr. Pratip Nag
Pediatrics 19 years experience
4.5-6 in <1month old: Infants (less than 1 month) have higher pottasium levels. Usually in the range of 4.5-6 meq/l but at 1 month the normal range is 3.5- 4.5 meq/l.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

Why do infants have a higher potassium level?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
SEVERAL REASONS: This is common in right after birth in extremely premature infants, this may be due to ranal insufficency or decreased production of urine, and other kidney diseases may cause it as well if the infant is on IV fluids that can cause it too, and rarely addison disease in infants can cause high pottasium level.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are normal potassium levels?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
3.6-5 meq/L: Milliequivalent per liter or millimol/liter (mmol/l). If you live outside the us in a country that uses milligram/dl the number will be different. You need to know your potassium since it is very important if you have kidney disease.

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