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Parkersburg, WV
A 26-year-old female asked:

10 day old baby hands and feet looked really bluish purple. is this normal? he was just crying pretty hard a few minutes before i noticed?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
In a normal indoor environment, infants have the ability to shift circulation from the hands, fingers, feet, toes & around the mouth to the deeper muscle & tissue to conserve heat/energy. This pattern creates a bluish pink appearance. Their job is to grow & that takes energy. This pattern fades as they get bigger/thicker, and their body doesn't lose as much energy at those sites.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
Usually there is resolution if the transition to room air is completed within the first two days. Please see your Pediatrician for an evaluation of heart sounds and pulse oximetry readings. Watch for signs of shortness of breath, sweating and poor feeding. This mày be fine, but it's better to be safe.
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Last updated Oct 15, 2022

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