Neonatal Hypoglycaemia, a Literature Review. Essay
The key words used when researching this review: Neonatal hypoglycaemia/hypoglycemia, New-born hypoglycaemia, Low plasma glucose level, New-born/Infant low blood sugar, Hypoglycaemia in preterm/high risk neonates, Hypoglycaemia/breastfeeding, gluconeogenesis/ketone bodies. The databases and search engines used: Google scholar, CINHAL and Medline.
Hypoglycaemia is common among neonates, therefore Healthcare professionals must be aware of the risk factors that predispose infants, allowing for early screening so that asymptomatic hypoglycaemia can be detected and treated early preventing more severe or symptomatic hypoglycaemia. This essay will examine the physiology behind neonatal …show more content…
The next TBG was 2.33mmol/l at 03:33, 40 minutes post feed. According to trust guidelines the blood glucose levels must remain between 2.0-2.50mmol/l on 2 consecutive occasions, with an assessment by an experienced DR before discontinuing blood glucose monitoring. The next two were 2.7mmol/l and 3.2mmol/l and the baby had passed meconium by 11:00 and was alert and rooting. No more TBG’s were now needed until weaning commenced from cup feeding formula to fully breastfeeding.
With close observation, blood glucose tests and regular feeding this baby managed to pull through an episode of asymptomatic