Treatments for Hypoglycemia and low blood sugar in Children

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Children with hypoglycemiahave different symptoms, and these vary from one child to another. But no matter what your child’s symptoms, the overriding goal is the same: to bring her blood sugar back up to normal as rapidly as possible and return her to good health.

How is hypoglycemia treated?

Most often, your child’s blood sugar can be brought back up to normal by having him eat or drink something that has sugar in it, such as fruit juice, regular soda, table sugar, maple syrup, candy (e.g., Skittles), glucose tablets, glucose gel, cake frosting.Consider encouraging your child to:

  • eat regular meals throughout the day
  • eat frequent snacks

For children with diabetes, the goal is to consistently maintain a blood sugar level that is in a healthy range. This involves testing blood sugar often, learning to recognize the earliest symptoms of low blood sugar and treating the condition quickly, based on instructions given by your child's healthcare providers.

If your child has recurrent or severe hypoglycemia, the first thing we’ll do is determine the cause, because different causes have different treatments. While we’re determining the cause, some children will receive glucose through intravenously (through an IV) in the hospital to make sure their blood sugar level stays normal.

We can treat some causes of hypoglycemia with changes in your child’s diet, and/or medication. For some rare cases of severe hypoglycemia that don’t respond to medical treatment, the doctor may recommend surgery to remove most of the pancreas.  

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