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Why do infants have a higher potassium level?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 59 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.
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What are the normal potassium levels for an infant?

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Dr. Pratip Nag
Pediatrics 20 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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