The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 78, Issue 12, pp 1549–1551

Symptomatic Hypoglycemia Causing Brain Injury in a Term Breast Fed Newborn Following Early Discharge

Clinical Brief

DOI: 10.1007/s12098-011-0465-2

Cite this article as:
Marwah, A. & Gathwala, G. Indian J Pediatr (2011) 78: 1549. doi:10.1007/s12098-011-0465-2

Abstract

Cerebral metabolism and functioning depends upon an adequate blood glucose supply which provides for majority of the brain’s energy requirement. Studies from the past have shown that neonatal hypoglycemia is associated with acute and long term neurological sequelae. Early discharge without adequately established breast feeding may lead to feeding problems, post discharge hypoglycemia and its associated neurological complications. The authors describe one such case of an exclusively breast fed term newborn who presented on day 3 with symptomatic hypoglycemia and associated neurological injury.

Keywords

Brain injury Hypoglycemia Newborn Early discharge 

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neonatal services division, Department of PediatricsPt. B.D. Sharma, PGIMSRohtakIndia