The Purple/Blue Lips?!

Updated on July 02, 2013
M.G. asks from Coolidge, AZ
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My son is 3 yrs old and so A part of his lips turned purple about 1 day ago.I thought it would go away in the morning.Well I woke him up,and his lips are now purplish and blueish.I am so worried.Should I worry?

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I called the doctor and he said to check up on him every 2 hours and i will take him early morning to the doctor.I will post back after the visit
EDIT:The doctor gave us some pills to help him.He said if it is still there by Thurs. To come back.He thinks its been something he has been eating so now we are trying a diet.His lips are still purple but not as bad.Crossing my fingers it will work out

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answers from Miami on

You should have gotten him to the doctor. It usually means that he's not getting enough oxygen to his blood.

Please get him to the doctor for an assessment.

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answers from Dallas on

Don't mess with self diagnosis or a moms forum where we are not Doctors and can't diagnose over the net.

Be safe... Don't compromise health or safety with your child. Go to your pedi ASAP

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answers from Jacksonville on

At the very least, call your pediatricians after hour line and ask. I think it may be worth a trip to the ER as well.

ETA: Please add a What Happened. I'm very concerned about your son and would like to know how he is.

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answers from Dallas on

Is he having trouble breathing? Is he unusually tired?
If so get him to an ER quickly.

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answers from Kansas City on

Yes! Did he bang it on something (does it look bruised)? If there was no accident where he hit it on something, a part of your body turning blueish/purplish is a bad sign. It could mean a lack of oxygen in the blood. I hate to be a fear monger, but my aunt had blue toes and mentioned it at her pap, and ended up having emergency bypass surgery later that day due to clogged arteries in her heart and leg. I would take him to the doctor as soon as possible.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I would get him to the ER now, purple/blue lips indicates lack of oxygen, you need to find out why. I'd be worried.

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answers from Madison on

I know he's young and only three, but my lips started turning purple when I was in my 40s. It eventually turned into puffy, inflamed lips and cheilitis or cheilitis stomatitis (cracks at the corners of the mouth). It took me a few months to figure out it was an allergy/sensitivity issue--I discovered that I have caffeine sensitivity. Once I quit drinking anything with caffeine, the issue went away. I can now drink some caffeine but have to be highly diligent. I'm working on completely quitting all caffeinated products but am finding it hard to do. ;)

I would look over what your child has been eating. Is there anything new he has been exposed to? It could be something as simple as something that even touches his lips, making them respond by turning color.

Just another idea to explore.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Yes I would worry. Take him to the ER right away.

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answers from Bloomington on

While I definitely think you should call your doc about this... My son had a blueish tint to his lips when he was a toddler . He had no other issues but it was one of the very few occasions I called his doc, I forget what they had me do but the situation was uneventful. There was nothing wrong with him.

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answers from Phoenix on

Lack of oxygen.I think by now,you know what to do.

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answers from St. Louis on

My older daughter used to do that when she was that age but only when she swam. The pediatrician said it was a temperature control issue. Didn't matter if it was 100 out and the pool was 85, her lips would turn blue. She outgrew it by the time she was five.

Now an indoor pool didn't do it nor did a bath. She didn't feel any different but damn it freaked me out.

I know this is now the same situation but I figured I would tell ya there were other kids out there with strange issues.
Um, yeah, looking at the lack of oxygen answers, that was what I thought as well at first. Apparently not. Just throwing this out there as a second reason for blue lips.

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answers from Phoenix on

Yes! If he hasn't been drinking Kool aid or grape juice, call a doctor!

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