Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, is a condition in children when the blood glucose (sugar) levels drop too low. In children, when blood glucose levels drop very low, severe symptoms can occur and immediate medical treatment is necessary.
Low blood sugar levels are not uncommon in children with diabetes who are trying to balance their levels with medication. However, hypoglycemia can also occur in children who get sick with an illness like a stomach virus that results in nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
The body depends on glucose, which is the sugar that comes from food, to provide energy for normal activity. The habit of skipping meals or exercising in excess without eating essential nutritious foods can also cause hypoglycemia. Drug or alcohol use can also cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels and should be avoided in children and teenagers.
The signs and symptoms of low blood sugar can vary but a few symptoms include:
Children who have low blood sugar levels at night may have a condition called nocturnal hypoglycemia. In such cases, the child’s blood glucose levels drop at night after they go to bed. Symptoms of this type of low blood sugar may include sudden bursts of crying, nightmares, or night sweats. They may also wake up with a headache or appear confused and drowsy.
Since glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells, it is important to contact us if your child is experiencing these types of symptoms or you suspect low blood sugar. We provide blood glucose testing to confirm the presence of hypoglycemia.
Dr. Joshua Smith, the regions only pediatric endocrinologist, is an expert in detecting and treating low blood sugar conditions and can provide treatment plans suited to your child’s condition, whether diabetes-related or not.
If your child is experiencing these kinds of symptoms, Dr. Smith can help children back on the path to long lasting health. Give us a call at 208-523-1122, or fill out the form below to request an appointment.