Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jenn | 2008/08/14


Baby turning blue - wind??

Yesterday the lady who looks after my 6 month old baby during the day phoned me and said something serious was wrong with him. When I got there he was blue in the face and on his hands and he had no energy. He just wanted to fall asleep but I kept him awake until I could get to a doctor. Shg said he had been sleeping and woke up and started to scream as if he was in pain. She could not calm him. Maybe that was why he was so tired??

Anyway...on our way to the hospital he burped and then he was fine. We ended up not going to the doctor because he had no sign of distress anymore after that burp. It wasn' t a very big one and she said that she did try to wind him but nothing came out. Maybe the bumpy road helped??

We kept a close eye on him that night but he was smiling and playing like normal. He also slept very good during the night.

Could it have been a wind? Can it really get that serious?

I' ll ask her tonight exactly what his routine was during that time. Maybe she gave him something to eat that he is allergic to? He is on solids and formula. I cook his food at home so I didn' t give him something new.

Hope you can help

Expert's Reply



There are several possibilities for your baby turning blue. The most likely is a so-called breath holding attack. This occurs when babies get a fright or get very angry and frustrated about something and cry to such an extent that they actually hold their breath and can turn blue. These episodes are very frightening but this is usually a temporary problem which soon passes over. All one needs to do is to blow in the baby's face when the breath holding attack occurs. Although this is by far the most likely cause of this episode I would be happier if you would just ask your paediatrician to check your baby to be sure that all is well and we are not missing another possible cause.

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