Can Low Blood Sugar In A Newborn Cause Seizures, Neonatal Hypoglycemic Brain Injury (nhbi), Brain Damage In An Infant Or Cerebral Palsy?
A rapidly growing baby gets glucose or sugar from its mother through the placenta during pregnancy. After birth, the baby gets glucose by producing it in their liver and from breast milk or formula feedings. Babies need sugar or glucose for energy and most of the glucose in their body is being used up by their brains. The brain depends on blood glucose as its main source of energy. Severe or prolonged hypoglycemia or low blood sugar in a newborn that is not treated can result in seizures, serious brain injury, irreversible brain damage, developmental delays, heart failure, seizures, epilepsy or cerebral palsy. Approximately 2 out of every 1,000 babies born suffer from hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Newborns that are more likely to develop problems with their blood sugar are: Premature babies with minimal body fat Small for gestational age Born to diabetic mothers Born to mothers who had an inadequate diet or nutrition during pregnancy Have hemolytic disease of the newborn or incompatibility of blood types of mother and baby Have birth defects Have congenital metabolic diseases Suffered birth asphyxia or lack of oxygen during birth Suffer from cold stress Have liver disease Have a Continue reading >>