Postnatal glucose homeostasis in late-preterm and term infants

Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;127(3):575-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3851. Epub 2011 Feb 28.


This report provides a practical guide and algorithm for the screening and subsequent management of neonatal hypoglycemia. Current evidence does not support a specific concentration of glucose that can discriminate normal from abnormal or can potentially result in acute or chronic irreversible neurologic damage. Early identification of the at-risk infant and institution of prophylactic measures to prevent neonatal hypoglycemia are recommended as a pragmatic approach despite the absence of a consistent definition of hypoglycemia in the literature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Homeostasis / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / blood*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / blood*


  • Blood Glucose