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What does it mean when baby's are all red and have purple lips?

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In brief: Depends on condition

Skin color in infants reflects circulation, oxygenation and hemoglobin saturation.
Color is best observed when an infant is quiet. Red lobster like skin is a sign of plethora-due to high hematocrit concentration (high red blood cells vs volume of blood) and blood flow. Purple lips can be a sign of cyanosis-low oxygen saturation in the blood stream if your baby is in any distress/ill appearing.

In brief: Depends on condition

Skin color in infants reflects circulation, oxygenation and hemoglobin saturation.
Color is best observed when an infant is quiet. Red lobster like skin is a sign of plethora-due to high hematocrit concentration (high red blood cells vs volume of blood) and blood flow. Purple lips can be a sign of cyanosis-low oxygen saturation in the blood stream if your baby is in any distress/ill appearing.
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