Hypoglycemia Symptoms In Children: What To Watch For

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Your blood sugar levels can affect your overall health and well-being, as well as your mood and behavior. Imagine now if your child has a problem with their blood sugar levels and the type of behavior you may see. If your child has low blood sugar, there are things you can watch out for. Read on for some signs of hypoglycemia in your child to look out for.

Dizziness Or Shakiness

If your child is feeling shaky or feeling like he is going to pass out from sudden dizziness, it could be due to low blood sugar. Your child may also get very sweaty along with the dizziness and shakiness and may become very pale. These symptoms may appear by themselves or all together. If your child is experiencing these symptoms, give your child a glass of orange juice or some crackers to see if this helps.

Hungry And Irritable

If your child is showing signs of hunger and is also irritable, it may just be the hunger taking a toll, or it could be something else — hypoglycemia. If you give your child something to eat and the irritability or mood changes, low blood sugar could have been the culprit.

Other mood changes, such as severe mood swings or even fits of crying, could be due to low blood sugar levels as well.

Difficulty Concentrating, Confusion Or Clumsiness

Sure, these can all be just your child not concentrating or your child just being clumsy, or it could be from low blood sugar levels. If you notice these behaviors in between meals, or early in the morning before your child has anything in their stomach, it could be low blood sugar.

Keeping a close eye on your child and monitoring their behavior when you notice anything erratic or out of the ordinary will help with the diagnosis of your child. Be sure to write down these symptoms and the times they occur, as well as if they occur when your child has not eaten. If you notice these symptoms, keep track of them and make an appointment with your child's physician for a proper diagnosis. 

Treatment options may include:

  • Giving your child frequent meals throughout the day.
  • Changing your child's diet to include healthy foods.
  • Glucose IV or other medication.
  • Surgery to have the pancreas removed (in severe cases).

If you're concerned by these things, take your child to their pediatrician and inquire about blood sugar testing for children.


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