HYPOCALCEMIA IN NEONATES
Last Updated : 1/26/2010
Ira Shah
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In healthy term babies, calcium concentrations decrease for the first 24-48 hours and thereafter progressively rise to the mean values as in older children and adults.

Hypocalcemia

is defined as total serum calcium concentrations below 7 mg/dl and ionized calcium less than 4 mg/dl. Most infants do not become symptomatic till calcium levels are below 6 mg/dl.

High risk infants:


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Preterm babies


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Infants of diabetic mother


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Birth asphyxia


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Sepsis


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Respiratory distress


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Infants with functional or transient hypoparathyroidism


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Small for gestation age infants





Contributor Information and Disclosures

Ira Shah
Consultant Pediatrician, B.J.Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, India


First Created : 1/8/2003

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