Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in premature infants

Because premature infants have high energy needs and low energy stores (glycogen), they are prone to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

An infant with hypoglycemia is fed sugar (glucose) intravenously, given more frequent oral feedings, or both. When he or she can eat the amount of milk needed, his or her blood sugar levels will reach normal levels. Then the doctor can stop giving glucose to the infant.

Last Updated: May 5, 2009

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