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Your child has been diagnosed with hypokalemia, which is a low level of potassium in the blood. Potassium helps with the functioning of nerve and muscle cells, including those in the heart. A low level of potassium in the blood can cause abnormal heart rhythms and even heart attack. Here's what you need to know about home care.
Encourage your child to eat more of these potassium-rich foods:
Give your child a potassium supplement as directed by the doctor.
After strenuous exercise or any activity that causes your child to sweat a lot, encourage your child to drink sports drinks that contain potassium.
Be sure to give your child food or drinks that contain potassium if he or she has diarrhea or vomiting.
Help your child avoid foods that are high in salt. Avoid canned and prepared foods that are high in salt.
Make sure your child takes all medications exactly as directed.
Tell your doctor about all prescription and over-the counter medications your child is taking. This includes herbal preparations.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Have your child’s potassium levels checked regularly.
Keep all follow-up appointments. Your child’s doctor needs to monitor your child’s condition closely.
Call the child’s doctor right away if your child has any of the following:
Vomiting or diarrhea
Fatigue or weakness
Rapid, irregular heartbeat
Shortness of breath or chest pain
Muscle cramps, spasms, or twitching