Arch Dis Child 63:1386-1388 doi:10.1136/adc.63.11.1386
  • Research Article

Neonatal hypoglycaemia--the controversy regarding definition.

  1. T H Koh,
  2. J A Eyre,
  3. A Aynsley-Green
  1. Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


      Major paediatric textbooks and the views of neonatologists in the United Kingdom were surveyed to establish a definition of neonatal hypoglycaemia. The definition ranged from a glucose concentration of less than 1 mmol/l to less than 4 mmol/l. Hypoglycaemia is recognised to cause neurological sequelae and yet there is no accepted definition of the lower limit of normality for circulating blood glucose concentrations.