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Oral dextrose gel may cut incidence of neonatal hypoglycaemia

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5759 (Published 27 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5759
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Rubbing dextrose gel inside a newborn baby’s mouth may lower the risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia, a randomised study in PLOS Medicine has found.1

Neonatal hypoglycaemia occurs most frequently in the first 24 hours after birth. It affects as many as 15% of newborn babies and can raise a baby’s risk of brain damage or developmental delay. Babies at the highest risk are born to mothers with diabetes or are delivered preterm or with a small or large …

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