lips turning purple!

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Last night my 23mo. old son started with a little fever. He still had it this morning, so I gave him some motrin. We went grocery shopping and got home about the time the motrin was wearing off. When I was bringing in groceries, I looked over at him and his lips were all purple, his fingernails were all purple, and he had a very glazed over look. When I asked him if he was ok, he answered me, but he looked like he wasn't all there. I rushed him to the er, but by the time we got there he was fine again. They did some chest x-rays, looked in his ears and did a strep test. All they found was a high fever and ear infection. They doc said that because his temp rose so fast is why he turned purple. I'm not convinced, because after we left, we took him to eat supper, and he started turning purple again in the restaraunt(they gave him more motrin in er, so I know it wasn't temp). It wasn't near as bad, and it didn't last near as long (the first time was like 15min.). I am going to stay up with him all night and call his doc in the morning, but has anyone else ever had this happen? My daughter used to get really high temps.(usually over 106) and she never turned purple!

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Maryann - posted on 04/03/2011

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Sorry to hear about this. My 6 year old daughter who has no problems with oxygen saturation turns purple very easily. She gets cold easier than my other two children and will turn purple in warm water. I took a picture of my three children's hands next to eachother tonight when they were in the bath. My 3 year old and 5 year old's hands were perfectly pink and my 6 year old's hands were so purple that the tips were nearly black. I will be taking the picture to her pediatritian to see what she thinks. She just had heart surgery last August to repair a hole in her heart so it very well could be circulation. I have told her cardiologist about it in the past since she has done this since birth but he does not believe it is related.

Rachel - posted on 03/15/2010

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take him to another hospital for second opinion he may not be getting enough oxygen and yes fever can cause that but it depends on the child

Melissa - posted on 03/12/2010

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GET A SECOND OPINION!! Call a different ped. I'm not a doc but it sounds to me like your child isn't getting enough oxygen.
On a differant note I was freaking out about my 8 mon old having a temp of 104 and the doc told me several times that it is not cause for concern but if it gets to be like 106 thats when you worry. It was hard for me to accept this but baby was fine and temp never got any higher. Prayers!

April - posted on 03/12/2010

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im so happy i found this post..my son is 16months and he has been having a problem with his top lip turning purple and i have been noticing it more and more...and i know that its not because he is cold because his body is warm...ive noticed it alot when he is waking up from a nap or a nights rest!...please let me know what ur dr. says i will be taking my son to the dr's this week!

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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Doc said it could have come from fever or he could have had some kind of siezure. The only way to tell is to keep an eye on him and see if it happens again. She is just kind of confused, because in the er his temp. was 104.2 and she said he only has a slight ear infection and his throat is a little red. She says she knows he has something else going on, but just not sure what yet. If his temp isn't down by tomorrow, I am to call her again. I just took it 15min ago and it was back up to 104.1.

Caryn - posted on 01/22/2010

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Like Catherine said, blue is the color you don't want. I also agree that it is probably an allergy to something, though I'm not a doctor and I don't know your child.
I would definately talk to his dr about it because you just never know what could be going on.
We've had quite a few episodes lately with my 16mo old having his lips turn blue. The drs can't find the cause of why his o2 is dropping (its going down to around 88%, shouldn't be below 95%) but they've found a new heart murmur so they are running all sorts of tests on him to see if his murmur and o2levels are connected somehow.
That being said, I completely understand how scary it is. You have to remember to stay as calm as you can though (which I know is VERY hard to do!) because your lo will feed off of your fear and that could very easily make the situation much much worse.
Let us know what his dr says, good luck hon.

Catherine - posted on 01/22/2010

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Blue is usually the colour to watch out for with oxygen loss. I'd be more likely to suspect an allergic reaction to the meds.

True story: My kids and I are allergic to keflasporran [used in some antibiotics] and the colour of the nasty, itchy rash that results is an alarming purplish hue. This rash only turned up *after* we'd finished the antibiotic.

Either way, I think you need to find a set of doctors who will (a) listen to you and (b) run proper tests.

Try a different brand of medicine, too. Eliminate the possibilities, 'cause it's either the meds or the food [or maybe a med/food combo... yikes] and it'd be nice to know which it was.

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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thanx guys. I don't think it was a reaction to motrin, because the first time he turned purple, it was over 8hrs. since the last time I had given it to him. I was really concerned about a seizure and the doc said he didn't see any signs of one, but he really didn't do any tests. I just really don't trust this hosp. I had taken him there before for wheezing with a cold, and I told them that he just finished a round of anibiotics because of an ear infection. When they looked at him they found he still had the ear infection and prescribed a lesser dose of the same anibiotic he had just finished and they did nothing about the wheezing! His doc said to never take him there again and she was really mad at them (she is in a different city that is about an hr. away), but last night I just had to go to the nearest place.

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I don't know about the purple lips and fingers, but the glazed look makes me think it's a seizure. My husband has epilepsy and when he has a seizure he gets that 'glazed over' look. Sometimes he can respond, sometimes he can't. Push for answers. Good luck to you!

Anna - posted on 01/21/2010

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if he had motrin before each time he turned purple it could be a reaction to the mortin. but when they turn purple like that it means thay are not getting enough oxygen. so make sure you take him to the er right away the next time,

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I'm so sorry to hear about this. I wish I could give you more answers but I can't I never even heard of a child turning purple from a fever before and both me and my kids have been to many doctors for all different disorders. I do have a condition called Reynauds not sure if thats the right spelling but if i'm at all cold and it doesn't have to be very cold then my fingers toes and lips turn purple too. For some reason my body pulls all blood out of my smaller capilaries when i'm cold to keep my organs well supplied. And alot of times i don't feel cold but my lips will still be purple. Ultimately the reasons his fingers and lips get purple is that his blood is not circulating to those areas of his body or not very much blood anyway and i'm not saying it's Reynauds for sure but it is a possibility and it needs to be looked at more closely by the doctors so if it does happen again get him into the er again and demand that they look into it more. I know this isn't much but i hope you find out the answer to this problem.

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