Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 16, 2004
Question from Yucaipa, California, USA:
My son is currently two months old. He was born with several problems, including congenitive heart disease. At birth, his blood sugar was 15 mg/dl [0.8 mmol/L]. I understand that this number is extremely low. The doctors were able to bring him to a normal level immediately. My question concerns long term effects of this low of a blood sugar at such a critical time. Could there be brain damage or problems of this nature that might not be detectable until later?
A transient episode of neonatal hypoglycemia does not usually produce problems acutely or long term. You should discuss this directly with your pediatrician or family doctor since they will be able to tell you how long the problem existed, how it responded to either feeding or glucose and what the likely cause was. Newborns can have transient and severe hypoglycemia for many causes, even nonspecific ones like cardiac stress, low oxygen levels, respiratory problems, infection. Infants of diabetics often have hypoglycemia as do premature infants and even undergrown babies (SGA-Small for Gestational Age).