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Low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood of a person with diabetes drops below what the body needs to function normally. Taking too much insulin, not eating enough food or skipping meals, or exercising more than usual can cause blood sugar levels to drop rapidly.
If your child's blood sugar level drops very low and he or she does not get help, your child could have a seizure or go into a coma and possibly die.
These four simple steps might save your child's life:
Low blood sugar levels can develop rapidly, within minutes. Treat low blood sugar symptoms as soon as you notice them.
Here are some ways to manage a low blood sugar emergency.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen H. LaFranchi, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen H. LaFranchi, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology
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