Hypocalcemia in Newborn

3 Interesting Facts of Hypocalcemia in Newborn

  1. Presence of hypotonia suggests hypoglycemia; risk factors for neonatal hypoglycemia include infant of diabetic mother, small or large for gestational age, prematurity, early respiratory distress, and some congenital diseases (eg, glycogen storage disease, Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome) 
  2. Presence of tetany suggests hypocalcemia; risk factors for hypocalcemia include prematurity, intrauterine growth restriction, birth asphyxia, infant of diabetic mother, renal disease, and DiGeorge syndrome 
  3. Differentiate and diagnose hypocalcemia or hypoglycemia by measuring serum glucose and calcium levels

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