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Congratulations on your new baby!
Normal blood sugar values are essentially the same as for older children and adults. Blood sugar should be between 80-120. Newborn infants can have lower than normal blood sugar for many reasons, including infection, stress, being born to a Mom who has diabetes, being small-for-age. Infants do not keep their blood sugar up as well as older children during periods of not eating / feeding.
What have your son's levels been and what if any are his doctors' concerns?Thanks,
Thank you for the helpful additional information.
Your son's case is not unusual. Most infants with infections have trouble with low blood sugar. I agree with what you state his doctors' plan and assessment.
It is likely that as your son takes more by bottle or breastfeeding consistently, his need for IV glucose will decrease and he will be able to taper off it. In the short-term, I cannot give you a time frame as it depends on whether or not your son truly has a bloodstream infection (I understand the doctors may neve know and are treating as if he does - that is standard of care), and how he does overall.
This has absolutely no impact long-term ; it will not be a permanent issue.
All best to your son and your family!
Hope this helps and please tell me if you have further questions.
Louise Sivak, M.D.