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What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

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Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics

In brief: Several reasons

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.

In brief: Several reasons

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.
Dr. Mark Patterson
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: Mother's diet

If the mother was diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy, if she ate a lot of sugar and the baby is large birth weight, hypoglycemia tends to manifest in the newborn.
Eating properly and being tested for diabetes during pregnancy can help keep this problem under control.

In brief: Mother's diet

If the mother was diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy, if she ate a lot of sugar and the baby is large birth weight, hypoglycemia tends to manifest in the newborn.
Eating properly and being tested for diabetes during pregnancy can help keep this problem under control.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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