Low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood of a person with diabetes drops below what the body needs to function normally. Taking too much insulin, not eating enough food or skipping meals, or exercising more than usual can cause blood sugar levels to drop rapidly.
If your child's blood sugar level drops very low and he or she does not get help, your child could have a seizure or go into a coma and possibly die.
These four simple steps might save your child's life:
Low blood sugar levels can develop rapidly, within minutes. Treat low blood sugar symptoms as soon as you notice them.
Here are some ways to manage a low blood sugar emergency.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Current as ofMarch 13, 2017
Current as of: March 13, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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