baby stops breathing and turns blue or pale and heart rate drops

Sunny - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Has anyone had a baby who stops breathing and turns blue or pale with blue lips? when my friends baby ( just over 2 months old) does this his heart rate drops really low, they have been in the hospital for over 48hours and still no word on what is causing this. If this has ever happend to you what was the problem with your baby? They have done a few test but the test got sent to broken fax machine & they have to wait until tomarrow. Any Ideas on what could be causing this?

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Kristy - posted on 03/12/2010

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RSV is a nasty illness but also very common in all kids under the age of 2 which is the age they are most vounerable. Do let your friend know that i can lead to Asthma later in life and that the cough will last for upto 2 years if he got a good does which its sounds like he did. My niece got it at 3 and a half months should would cough till blue in the face and nearly pass out even for weeks after. I good thing to get may be a nebuliser to circulate the air in his room at night, put in a very small amount of vicks or something similar this may help keep the airways clear. Also propping him to sleep will help, but prop the mattress not him as this elevates right across and prevents him slipping as much. It will also help if he has a minor tendancy to vomit as this will help make sure he doesnt get anything stuck. Good luck and i know what they are in for, but be pleased to know it doesnt last and things will get better after a while. The biggest thing i can suggest is that if they are smokers to not smoke anywhere near him and try and avoid holding straight after smoking as this will annoy him alot

Carolynn - posted on 04/21/2010

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my son does this he has a narrow heart valve get them to scan the heart good luck so scary

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Stacey - posted on 05/20/2011

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My son turns blue and gets very stiff. these episodes last 30-45 seconds. We spent 4 days in the hospital then 3 days. they diagnosed him with seizures we r on keppra and we are now alomost 5 weeks seizure free.

Amber - posted on 04/21/2010

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my 9 month son does that.. i forgot what they said its called. you know how every one is burn with a flap connecting their organs? well theres a hole in it. my sons isn't healed yet. they had to do a ultrasound on his heart to find it.. we were in and out of hospital with that...

Seema - posted on 04/20/2010

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HI There!

My son who is now 5.5 years old used to have these blue turning episodes and it was related to silent reflux. He had all sorts of tests done but no one ever caught the fact that it was reflux. Unfortunately no one diagnosed it until I kept doing google searches and took him to an ENT / GI specialist to ask if it was reflux. A probe test confirmed he had severe reflux so please ask your friend to check for reflux.

I wish them the very best!
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thats what our dr told us. ours shakes sometimes. we say it's nerves since we both shake and twitch when we get nervous and i didnt want them just running a ton of tests on her so early for nothing. he said as long as she's not blue. he said when they turn blue and stop breathing or have difficulties then take them to the er right away or if their eyes start going crazy when it happens.

Sunny - posted on 03/11/2010

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Well a positive RSV test come back and he is getting back on track. the baby was in the hospital for a week. If anyone has a baby getting blue lips or finger tips take them in. its a serious sign of RSV. & also you can have negitive after negitive RSV test results even if you have it. the spells happend several times a day, sometimes 3 in an 15 minutes. he would turn blue or sheet white with blue lips.

Stacey - posted on 03/11/2010

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hey hun iv never had this problem with my 2kids. so cant realy help but i thaught id wright to give my regards to your friends and hope there lil one gets better soon good luck. xx

Jess - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter did this once in her sleep. The hospital found nothing wrong with her despite keeping her in for 24 hours. Our own doctor took a look at her and after making us tell him minute by minute what she did before going to bed, he said she had asperated her milk. She was fed, burped, changed and put straight to bed because she was really tired. She then tried to vomit in her sleep and it got stuck, blocking her airways.



Its scary and makes you never want to take your eye's off them, but the good news is babies can go without breathing for 15-20 minutes and still be revived and have no side effects. Babies bodies are built for that kind of trauma. It goes without saying that you wouldn't leave a child who is clearly not breathing, but in the event that it happens. An ambulance should have enough time to get there before any brain damage occurs.

Kristy - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi if his heart rate is dropping it could be seizures but the heart rate will most likely elevate with a seizure. Turning blue and pale is a normal sign of oxygen deprivation and needs to be taken seriously at all times. To me its sound like its heart related most likely, drs tough my little girl had a hole in her heart but that would make the heart rate go up. But then again i dont know for certain if that depends on where the hole is in the heart. They need to ask for a heart Echo scan this is like an ultrasound but of the heart it shows up all the areas and they can also check the flow and pick up on any leaks in the valves.

I am actually going through something similar with my now 4 year old, she has been doing this on and off for approx 18 months. We are still trying to work it out, up till last week i thought they had ruled out an pituitary gland tumor till they asked me to get some more blood tests done. She has had an abnormal EEG and we are waiting on a date for a 24 hour EEG.

It can be a long hard road getting to the bottom of these things you just need to stick to your guns though and make them listen. The old "saying is mother knows best". Good luck and let us know how things went

Lori - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son did that, he was having seizures. I thought that all seizures involved some sort of shaking or something but he would just stop breathing and turn blue. His seizures were caused by an allergic reaction to a medication for reflux called Reglan. A one in a million side effect. The hospital gave me an apnea monitor to put on him and it was supposed to wake me up if he stopped breathing or if his heart rate got too low, but so you know those monitors do not work if the child is having seizures because they work by monitoring the chest movements and during a seizure whether the child visibly shakes or not, the chest muscles do still spasm making the machine think that the child is still breathing when they are not. I watched my baby turn blue and the stupid machine never alarmed. I know first hand how terrifying this experience is and I'm really sorry that people have to experience it still. Don't stop fighting for your child.Ask as many questions as you need to and don't always trust the doctors. If something seems wrong to you, get a second opinion. A few doctors made life threatening mistakes regarding my son. If there is anything else I can help with let me know. Again I'm sorry to hear this and I will say a prayer. Best of luck.

Patrice Onlyoneme - posted on 03/06/2010

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Sorry to hear that just be strong and prey it change everything i been and Miami children hospital going on two weeks my daughter have complex partial seizure just don't give up i know you feel like god putting so much on you just know he do everything for a reason

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