What is low blood sugar in newborns?

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How is hypoglycemia in newborns treated?

The baby's blood sugar is usually checked by taking a drop of blood from the baby's foot. If the blood sugar is low, it will continue to be rechecked to see how well the treatment is working.

A baby with hypoglycemia will be fed more often. The baby may be given glucose (sugar) by glucose gel, rubbed inside the baby's cheek. Some babies may also be fed glucose through a tube. This is a tube that goes into the nose and down into the stomach. A tube that goes through a vein (I.V.) may be used if the baby has symptoms and the baby's low blood sugar is more severe.

Your doctor may do other tests to make sure that low blood sugar is not being caused by another problem, such as an infection.

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