Posted by: Goombie | 2004/10/11


Child turns blue for no reason?


My child will be 2 and a half in November. For no reason she suddenly starts running a very high temperatures, starts shaking as if she is cold and then starts turning blue (her lips, finger and toe nails).

The first time it happened the doctors at the hospital said it was related to her having received her injections that morning, but now they can't tell me what caused it to happen the second time. I am so scared it has to do with something like oxygen deprivation in her blood or some other related condition.

They took x-rays of her chest to look at her lungs and the x-rays came back fine. Her lungs were normal.

Please help me, I am so worried about my little girl I don't know what to do. She doesn't suffer from asthma, or get fits and she is otherwise a very normal, active, healthy little girl.

Thanking you in advance for taking the time and consideration for reading my email.

Expert's Reply



If a child turns blue without having a temper tantrum, then it definitely requires investigation, especailly of the heart. However, the fact that it is related to episodes of fever and shaking (?cold fever or rigors) does not fit with a heart condition, but more with a possible severe infection. My advice would be to share your concerns with your paediatrician who will need to take a careful history and do at least an ultrasound (echo) test of the heart.

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Posted by: Sheila | 2004/10/13

Hi There

When my baby was born she had the same thing. She seemed fie but then all of a sudden she just turned blue, she actually stoped breathing. I took her to the dr and she was diagnosed with asspiration pneumonia. She was put on treatment and is fine now. They also couldnt pick it up from her lungs because they sounded. Be careful because it is fatal if not treated. I am not saying that your baby does have that but its a possibility.

Good Luck!

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