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What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

Hypoglycemia: There are many causes of hypoglycemia in a newborn, with the most common being a rebound low blood sugar for an infant born to a diabetic mother. In the Unites States, there are specific nursery protocols to watch closely for hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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What is causes of hypoglycemia in newborn.?

Transitional event: The newborn must switch from a constant supply of sugar from mothers placental blood,to deriving that sugar from stored reserves or eating. Babies make their own insulin starting as a fetus and put away the sugar at a constant rate. If the supply drops,the insulin continues to put it away and hypoglycemia occurs.It can be natural and transient,caused by poor reserves,maternal diabetes,and others ...Read more

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How hypoglycemia associated with neonatal growth hormon deficiency?

How hypoglycemia associated with neonatal growth hormon deficiency?

Growth Hormone: Growth hormone does much more than just affect growth. It is very active in metabolism of many types of cells, including those involved in the processing of sugars. So if you can't process the sugar in your diet correctly, it can lead to blood sugar being too low - hypoglycemia. Work closely with a pediatric endocrinologist as this is a significant disorder. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a newborn has hypoglycemia? I have hypoglycemia (it runs in family) & i want to ensure that my baby does not have it.

HYpoglycemia: In newborn hypoglycemia seen in large for gestational age (lga) babies, mother had gestational or uncontrolled diabetes; baby small for gestational age (sga), premature, postmature, delay in starting / poor feeding, vomiting, difficult labor, congenital anomalies e.g. Heart disease, metabolic diseases, etc. Simple one touch sugar test tells glucose level. If persistent, needs further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a newborn's belly to rise when he breaths?

Is it normal for a newborn's belly to rise when he breaths?

Yes: Newborns breathe using the diaphragm, pulling it downward and pushing the belly out in the process.When they get older they develop more strength in their chest muscles and can use them more like older kids and adults do. ...Read more

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Why do newborns breath so fast?

Why do newborns breath so fast?

Immature: Newborns have immature nervous systems. They can roller coaster breathe - very fast then slow (or stop x 5 sec). This is normal. Newborn heart rates also vary more than older persons. ...Read more

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Can newborns have hypoglycemia?

Can newborns have hypoglycemia?

Yes: Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in a newborn has several causes. One of the more common reasons is if the mom had gestational diabetes. In that case, the baby makes more Insulin in order to control the high sugar level his body is exposed to. After birth, it takes time for the Insulin production to slow down, leading to hypoglycemia. Infection or poor feeding are also possible causes. ...Read more

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I have anxiety fisorder and my newborn baby seems to be rather jumpy and does this thing like he is grasping for breath that last for 2 secs.Why?

I have anxiety fisorder and my newborn baby seems to be rather jumpy and does this thing like he is grasping for breath that last for 2 secs.Why?

Startle reflex: it could be an exaggerated startle reflex but anytime there is a concern about breathing I would recommend a physician examine your infant. If nothing is found wrong then reassurance that your child is okay will also help your anxiety. ...Read more

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Healthy newborn wt 7lbs 12 oz was on IV for hypoglycemia. Mom was never a diabetic, but why does his glucose keep dropping? What is normal glucose?

Healthy newborn wt 7lbs 12 oz was on IV for hypoglycemia. Mom was never a diabetic, but why does his glucose keep dropping? What is normal glucose?

Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in a newborn can be caused by many things, including undiagnosed high blood sugar in a mom at the end of pregnancy. Also, low blood sugar can be a sign of an infection in a newborn or not enough feedings by mouth. I am sure the neonatologists are taking care to figure out the cause. In most cases, the lability of the sugar calms down in a few days. ...Read more

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My 2 week newborn sometime breaths heavily and gasps for air and his eyes move around is this a seizure ?

My 2 week newborn sometime breaths heavily and gasps for air and his eyes move around is this a seizure ?

Immature neurology: Newborns neurological systems are not mature for several months. During that time, it is not unusual to see unusual eye movements. I would recommend an evaluation by his pediatrician concerning his breathing difficulties. ...Read more

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Why does it sound like my 3w old newborn is choking and trying to catch his breath after a feeding when he's asleep?

Baby Feeding: Could be that they have reflux or lots of post nasal drainage or a plugged nose. Also, the process of alternating breathing and swallowing is a tough thing for babies to learn and can take a little time. ...Read more

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My one year boy had a episode of loc, his doctor diagnosed him for seizure due to occipital gliosis (due to neonatal hypoglycemia) , is that curable ?

Cure epilepsy?: If your child has only 1 episode of loss of consciousness (?A seizure), a normal eeg, the risk of recurrence is somewhat higher than 50%. I do not have enough information to understand the significance of the mri. Studies have shown if a child with a seizure disorder goes from 2 to 4 years free of seizures, up to 70% will not have a recurrence when medication is weaned. ...Read more

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How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

Periodic breathing: Newborns breath fast...Around 40-50 x a minute. They also have a cycle of breathing called periodic breathing where they breathe very fast then slow it down and can have an interval of up to 10-15 seconds of "holding their breath" then it starts over. As long as she is pink and eating well and in no distress she is fine. If worried at all see your pediatrician..Reassurance is very helpful. ...Read more

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Is it normal that new born baby breath heavily during night?

Is it normal that new born baby breath heavily during night?

Hard to say: In early weeks, babies can go though a transition pattern called periodic breathing. This is the system figuring out how fast/deep to breathe during the varying states.(sleep/rest/feed/active) It can be fast panting or s;ow deep, there can be a short pause up to 10 sec. By 6 weeks this is usually less noticeable, but occasional pauses can remain. If you think your doc is clueless,get a 2nd opinion ...Read more

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Shall a 27wk premature use curosurf (poractant alfa) when born? Even the new born breath well under invasive ventilation

Shall a 27wk premature use curosurf (poractant alfa) when born? Even the new born breath well under invasive ventilation

Clinical Picture?: This does depend on other clinical factors, but in general we would expect a 27 week baby on invasive ventilation to benefit from early surfactant therapy, yes. ...Read more

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During pregnancy can I hold my breath long enough to cause damage to my baby?

During pregnancy can I hold my breath long enough to cause damage to my baby?

No: No; even if you could hold you breath long enough to pass out, you would start breathing again on your own. As for the baby, it has lots of ways to protect itself from running out of oxygen and it would be fine. Nonetheless, i don't recommend that you try! ...Read more

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Noticed 2 of sons hold breath in sleep 3yr 8yr what can cause this I'm waiting for app at hospital but worried what should I watch for in mean time?

Noticed 2 of sons hold breath in sleep 3yr 8yr what can cause this I'm waiting for app at hospital but worried what should I watch for in mean time?

Duration ?: Brief pauses of up to 15 seconds are common in sleep and of little importance. An 8 yo who is snoring at the time may have some sleep issues but these usually decline with age. If the 3 yo is snoring, it will likely worsen and consideration of tonsil and or adenoid removal is justified. If either has prolonged pauses > 20 sec, evaluation for sleep apnea should be undertaken. ...Read more

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