My 2 Year Old's Hands and Feet Are Always BLUE!!

Updated on March 02, 2009
H.P. asks from South Hadley, MA
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She had a stroke at birth but I'm not sure if this could be related. Regardless, her hands are often blue (not red or purple, but BLUE), as well as her feet. We warm them up, move them around, get the circulation going but it reappears. This occurs indoors and our house is warm. Does anyone know what condition could be causing this and what we can do about it?

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Thank you all very much for your insightful advice. I have mentioned it to her pediatrician several times before but because there were so many other issues to talk about with her stroke, this one always got pushed to the back burner and never got addressed. I've called this morning to ask for a special screening or testing to see if she has Reychaud's Syndrome or low iron so that we may treat her accordingly. Thanks for clueing me in to this possibility!!

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R.K.

answers from Springfield on

Call your ped today. discoloration is caused by the heart/blood circulation and also lack of oxygen but it could also be as simple as poor iron levels having very low iron can cause extremities to not get enough of o2 in any case please please please call your ped this morning

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M.B.

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H.,
I would suggest taking her to your pediatrician for an evaluation. Your doctor will be able to do tests and see what is wrong. Good luck!

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T.F.

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Hi H.,

You should make an appt to see your child's doc. It could be a problem with her heart and the symptom you're seeing is low blood oxygen levels. However, if you're only seeing it in her hands and feet, it could be something else too - like the other mom who mentioned the iron. Either way, check with your doctor. They could rule out something more serious and give you the best advice on how to deal with this. Good luck - I it works out for you/her!

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C.S.

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Have you taken her to the pediatrician? Only a doctor can really diagnose her.

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N.C.

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Dear H.,
Please bring this concern to your doctor so your little girl may be followed medically for a check up. Blue lips, limbs are connected to our heart/circulatory system. It is best to have question such as this answered by a professional. Many blessings, N.

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J.H.

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Hi H.
I can get u in touch with other parents who's kids have had strokes. And what they have done to help. I don't know if the blue extremeties are related but I'm sure they would!
J. H

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M.R.

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hands and feet always blue is likely Raynaud's syndrome--esp if worse in any kind of cold.

The affiliated syndrome with Raynaud's is CREST syndrome. I can't remember what these symptoms are--but if you google "CREST" you will find this. A pediatrician can screen your child for these related symptoms. For most people, this is a benign condition, but your child should be screened to make sure no other problems (ie--esophagus, heart, facial abnormailites, etc).

I would say if it's truly only blue hands and feet, it is very likely not a big deal.

good luck!

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K.D.

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My mother told me I had the same problem. It was low iron and I needed injections to correct this problem. I think it had an effect on my circulation. To this day my hands and feet are cold a lot of the time. It wouldn't hurt to check her iron levels.

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D.C.

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Has she been to the doctor? Sounds like she's not getting any circulation.

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M.T.

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I agree with everyone to make an appointment, but there is also a condition called Reynaud's Disease (not sure of the spelling) which is poor circulation in the extremedies. My husband and paralegal both have it. It is more common in women and my paralegal's case is so extreme her hands are actually very frightening when they are cold. But definitely see the doctor!!!

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S.B.

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Have you spoke to your doctor about this, it seems to be something they should help you with

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L.M.

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H.,

I have a girlfriend that has this issue. She takes medicine for it but again she is an adult. I would definitely talk to your daughters doctor about this poor circulation is a problem

Good Luck,
L. M

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T.B.

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My daughter had this too, I would try to take pictures of it when it happened to show the doc but they never turned out. She has a Ventral Septal Defect in her heart so I was worried that it was the cause but the cardiologist said it was normal in childrens circulitory systems when they are cold, even a little the body takes blood from the hands and feet first to bring to the vital oragans. Her PCP had mentioned Reynouds syndrom but the cardioligist said it was just a normal thing for kids.

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T.F.

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Hi H. -
What your describing sounds like Raynaud's Phenomenon. My husband has it and it really has very little effect on his life, (other than his hands and feet turn a very scary shade of blue once in a great while!) My 19-month-old legs turned blue once when she was little and we were at an overly air-conditioned Walmart so we have been watching her for it. Have your daughter checked specifically for "Raynaud's Phenomenon" and if it does turn out to be that it should be a very manageable diagnosis. Good luck, T.

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E.R.

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I haven't read the other posts but two things come to mind - is she getting enough Oxygen - that can easily be measured by your pediatrition, and the other is she may have Reynaud syndrome. It's not life threatening but does involve nerve innervation to feet and hands. My son has a mild form, he is 12, and his hands turn blue with white fingertips. He always wears socks to bed and when outside wears gloves. Check with your ped though.

Good luck,

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B.O.

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I'm wondering what type of info you gathered because my son too always has cold hands and feet (purplish). They are usually fine after some rubbing though. Have you ever asked the doctor? Has this been since birth?

B. O

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