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Old 03-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Low blood sugar? What to do?

DS2 has now had at least 3 of these episodes I think are low blood sugar. I say "at least" because both DH and my mom claim to have witnessed other episodes, but didn't give good details.

#1 - about 1 month ago (just after his second birthday). Woke normally from nap, about 20 minutes later, he was eating a snack when I noticed he was shaking (like a shivery shake, not seizure), his lips were blue, and he felt cold. Temp was about 96.5. I scooped him up and snuggled with him. He seemed back to normal within a few minutes.

#2 - last week. He went to bed as usual and woke up about 1.5 hours later crying. I went in, comforted him and laid him back down. A few minutes later, he cried again. This time, he was cold and shaky. It was dark, so I don't know if his lips were blue. Temp was around 97. Gave him almond milk and as with him about 10 minutes until he calmed down and put him back to bed.

#3 - this morning. About 30 minutes after DS2 woke up, DH came in and woke me up. DS's fingers and lips were bluish again and his temp was 96.3. He was shaky. We gave him almond milk and some cereal. He perked back up in a few minutes.

He's small for his age, was a 36 weeker, is lactose sensitive, has had reflux issues. He eats like a horse (easily as much as his 5 year old brother, if not more), drinks tons of fluids. At least 6 full sippy cups of water or almond milk a day. We saw his pedi after the second episode and she said to call back if it started happening daily. I'm concerned with this advice as waiting until its happening daily really worried me.

I don't know what to do or where to go from here. Am I really overreacting? She made me feel like I am, but my mommy instinct just isn't comfortable.


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Old 03-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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Re: Low blood sugar? What to do?

Go back to the doctor.

If it happens again, you want a quick source of sugar (if the doctor confirms its low blood sugar) available to give him-orange juice, glucose tablets, even a little squirt of tube frosting would work if he was nonresponsive. My father had episodes (one even caused a car accident) and keeps glucose tabs in his wallet just in case.

Smaller meals more frequently may help keep his sugar more regular but you may need to test his sugar during the day. The doctor can help you determine the best treatment. Scary! Good luck mama!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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Get back to the MD, the circumiroral cyanosis sounds peculiar to me as well as being cold, those aren't signs of hypoglycemia.

My mommy radar would be going off, good luck.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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I'd contact the dr as well. My son has diagnosed ketotic hypoglycemia and those are not symptoms of low blood sugar.

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Old 03-24-2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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I'm hypoglycemic adn I don't turn blue or get cold. A little almond milk also wouldn't be enough to pull me out of it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:31 PM   #6
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Shannon, it sounds like more of a circulation thing. Do you have a PPO or an ability to just to see a pediatric cardiologist? We are going for one for B in a few weeks for a heart murmur but when his pediatrician gave me the heart rundown I seem to remember some of those symptoms being on that list.

When we go for B she said its non invasive the first visit and will really just cement how much this doctor and speciality will be involved in his care. Maybe do the same?
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:26 PM   #7
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Re: Low blood sugar? What to do?

The blue lips sound more like not enough oxygen, which can be caused by different things. See a doctor. If you still want to know about blood sugar, buy a tester. Hope you figure it out soon!
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If your doc isn't listening to you I would go to another dr and get a second opinion. Follow your gut!!
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