My baby keeps get blue lips!! Anyone else

Ella - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




I noticed about a month ago that my 16 mo. son's lips turn blue sometimes and they are cold to the touch. His fingertips also turn blue. I took him to the doctor and he just said that is normal but it doesnt seem normal. Sometimes it happens after his nap sometimes just out of the blue. He continues to play and get into everything like it doesnt affect him but it scares me. Anybody else had this happen.



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User - posted on 01/05/2011




i have had 4 or 5 doctors look at my dr..some pediatricians and all of them say its no big deal as long as her tongue and/or her finger nails aren't turning blue, shes fine.....i firmly believe it is something else, but the last dr i asked, said if other people have said its nothing to worry about, then its nothing to worry about. would love to know what you were able to find out. my daughter is 26 months old

Renee - posted on 04/23/2010




I would absolutely get a second opinion or even a third. When your lips turn blue that is a result of a lack of oxygen...and of course this is not normal. There could be different reasons that your lips and fingertips turn blue due to lack of oxygen. Poor circulation, asthma, heart problems, etc...dont give up. This should be addressed as soon as possible. Lack of oxygen can have long lasting effects. Awesome for you mom to have a red flag up for that doctor's response.

Iridescent - posted on 04/22/2010




Central cyanosis is defined by blue lips (not caused by food and etc). It's a major problem and he should be brought to the ER to be checked when it happens as it is not good for him. If he's unable to get decent circulation to his lips, his brain is not getting enough oxygen either.

Sharon - posted on 04/22/2010




How old is the baby? If its the baby sitting up in your profile pic, then the baby is told for those "circulatory" issues. Well, mostly.

This needs to be looked into fully and your doctor is fobbing you off.

Jodi - posted on 04/22/2010




I agree with Becky, it should be checked out fully. Did the doctor do any tests? If not, he should be doing a check of the heart. It does sound like a circulation issue, and the blue is indicative of lack of oxygen in the blood. Not saying it is, but it could be a problem. At the very least, I would expect my doctor to do some tests.

Becky - posted on 04/22/2010




Well, I think I have heard of this happening to others and it being nothing, just poor circulation, but it could be a sign of a heart problem, so it would worry me. I would push your doctor to investigate more thoroughly, or get a second opinion. IMO, better to assume it's something and find out it's nothing than to assume it's nothing and find out, maybe too late, that's it's something.

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