Testing & Diagnosis for Hypoglycemia and low blood sugar in Children

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How can doctors tell if my child has hypoglycemia?

If your child has diabetes, hypoglycemia is usually caused by insulin reaction, a common complication of diabetes.

For children who have symptoms of hypoglycemia and don’t have diabetes, in addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, your child’s physician will look for evidence of what’s known as the Whipple Triad:

  • symptoms known or likely to be caused by hypoglycemia
  • low plasma glucose measured at the time of the symptoms
  • relief of symptoms when glucose is raised to normal

The doctor may also order laboratory tests to measure your child’s insulin production.

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