Hypocalcemia in Neonates

Ira Shah
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Hypocalcemia In Neonates - Introduction
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:
- Preterm babies
- Infants of diabetic mother
- Birth asphyxia
- Sepsis
- Respiratory distress
- Infants with functional or transient hypoparathyroidism
- Small for gestation age infants


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