Low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia in newborns

Birth weight less than 3 kg or more than 4.5 kg, premature birth and maternal diabetes all increase the risk of hypoglycaemia.

Blood glucose levels are usually monitored 3-4 times a day for the first 1-2 days. The first blood glucose is measured at 3-4 hours of age. Regular feeding of the baby at least every 3-4 hours is important.

If your blood sugar is <2.6 mmol / l despite regular breast-feeding, additional milk will be started. Supplementary milk can be given in the maternity hospital to the mother’s own milk, donated breast milk or regular infant formula. Depending on the amount, the extra milk is given either by a burp, a bottle or a nasal tube if the baby is unable to eat.

If blood glucose levels are low despite the addition of milk, the baby will be taken to the pediatric ward for intravenous sugar infusion. The length of pediatric ward treatment depends on your blood glucose levels.

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