Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Hayley | 2009-10-22


Hypoglycemic Shock in babies - signs &  when to stop worrying


My baby daughter is now 6 and half weeks old and is exclusively breastfed. She eats well and now weighs just over 4kg' s from a hospital discharge weight of 3kg' s. Her paediatrician is happy with her weight.

The problem is that she sometimes sleeps too long and i was warned to not let her sleep longer than 5-6 hours at a time as she could go into Hypoglycemic shock.

Last night she slept 7 hours from 7pm to 2am this morning and i woke her up to feed her (i woke up suddenly and realised the time) She was quite sleepy but fed well with a good strong latch and sucking. She then slept from 3am to 6:30 am this morning and woke herself up, all cheerful and alert.

What are the signs of Hypoglycemic shock in babies (i can' t find info for signs in babies on the internet)? Also, when can i stop worrying about it and just let her sleep. During the day she doesn t sleep that long, it' s just at night.

thank you for you help!

Expert's Reply



Hypoglycemia is usually only a problem of newborn babies, usually affecting babies immedately after birth and soon disappearing as a problem once treated at birth. Your baby should now be well out of the danger period for this condition. She appears to be thriving and there should no longer be any need for concern.

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