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Baby slept on her arm with a toy ring around her arm 45 mins & when i got her her arm was dark purple, could the tight ring around arm cause arm clot ?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Cut off Blood supply: Yes, a baby with a dark purple arm is terribly concerning. Bring her to the emergency room now. I am not sure if you were able to get the ring off or not, however due to limited history here.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Doubt it: While this could be a problem you can find out relatively easily.Removal of the ring should allow for better circulation within minutes.Placing the kid in warm water including the arm should also aid return of normal color.This can all be done within 10 minutes.If the color has not returned to normal seek urgent care. The darkness is likely just the effect of poor blood flow to the area not a clot

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