Pediatric Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, occurs when the blood glucose falls below 70 mg/dl.
Hypoglycemia can occur if your child is not eating enough carbohydrates at meals or snacks. It is important to be prepared with a Glucagon Emergency Kit, including 15g of fast-acting carbohydrates.
Call 911 if the patient is unconscious or having a seizure followed by instructions given by your endocrinologist or primary care provider.
Normal glucose levels:
- Before a meal: 80 – 130
- 2 hours after a meal: less than 160
- Not eating enough carbs at meals or snacks
- Too much insulin or taking the wrong dose
- Extra exercise
- Illness with vomiting
- Behavior / mood changes
- Confusion / sleepiness
Rule of 15
- 15g fast acting carbohydrates
- Retest glucose in 10-15 minutes
- Repeat if necessary and contact your endocrinologist or primary care provider