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Low blood sugar, also called
hypoglycemia, occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood of a person
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:
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.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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