premature infants have high energy needs and low
energy stores (glycogen), they are prone to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
An infant with
hypoglycemia is fed sugar (glucose)
intravenously, given more frequent oral feedings, or
both. When he or she can eat the amount of milk needed, his or her blood sugar
levels will reach normal levels. Then the doctor can stop giving glucose to the
April 14, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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