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What Does It Mean When Your Newborns Feet Are Purple
Venous congestion.: Congratulations on your pregnancy! this can be an exciting time. This can also be a time of discovery for other aspects of your body. With a baby onboard, this space occupying heaviness can impede the normal venous flow from the feet and legs to the heart. Pooled venous blood in your feet is blue due to low oxygenation--in contradistinction to the red oxygenated blood flowing from the heart. ...Read more
Immature circulation: Your baby's circulation is still in the process of developing. Purple hands and feet is just a result of this immaturity. You do not need to be concerned if your baby is otherwise acting healthy. However if his lips or chest turn blue you should see your pediatrician as this can be a sign of cardiac disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal in newborns: Newborns will have purle hands and feet and around the mouth can be a little purple. Truly purple lips and mouth need to be evaluated. Acrocyanosis is the technical name ofr the purple hands and feet and it improves with time. ...Read more
Not at all: Central cyanosis (blue all over) makes us worry about problems oxygenating the blood & could represent a lung problem or a shunt (extra connection) in the heart that might let blood cross from right to left & avoid the lungs. Peripheral cyanosis (blue hands, feet, lips, etc.) merely reflects sluggish blood flow through these peripheral capillaries. Very common in cold children, & not dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If my ankle and foot falls asleep could that mean I have nerve damage? It's turning purple on the ankle & I felt it pop, so could it be cracked?
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