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Hypocalcemia is a condition in which there is too little calcium in a baby's blood. A common form of hypocalcemia in babies is called neonatal hypocalcemia. This condition may occur at different times for different reasons:
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches hypocalcemia
If your baby has hypocalcemia, she'll likely spend some time in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where her nutrition will be carefully monitored. Many babies in the NICU receive essential fluids and electrolytes through a tube in a vein called intravenous (IV) fluids. Some babies may need a special preparation called parenteral nutrition, which contains nutrients they need until they are able to take milk feedings.
What causes hypocalcemia?
The causes of early hypocalcemia are unknown, while late hypocalcemia has a number of known causes, related primarily to calcium and phosphorous levels in the body as well as parathyroid hormone function.
What are the symptoms of hypocalcemia?
Symptoms of hypocalcemia may not be obvious in newborn babies. The following are the most common symptoms of hypocalcemia:
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