Symptomatic Hypoglycemia Causing Brain Injury in a Term Breast Fed Newborn Following Early Discharge
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- Marwah, A. & Gathwala, G. Indian J Pediatr (2011) 78: 1549. doi:10.1007/s12098-011-0465-2
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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.