...this infant is large for gestational age (LGA) with ...

...this infant is large for gestational age (LGA) with a birth weight of about 9 1/2 pounds. These infants have much more glycogen at birth, but hypoglycemia may still be a problem as many of these babies are infants of diabetic mothers. When the ample glucose supply is interrupted with the cutting of the umbilical cord, the babies' pancreas may take a while to down-regulate, leaving the infant with high insulin and low glucose levels in the meantime. Polycythemia may also be present. The plump extremities, torso and full cheeks of this infant (though mild in this photo) are typical features of an LGA baby. #clinical #newborn #LGA #large #peds #pediatrics
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John Kevin Dayao
MS1, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Interested in pediatrics and community-based medicine.

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