Does Your Baby Turn Blue?

 

Does Your Baby Turn Blue?


Does Your Baby Turn Blue?


Q. My daughter is nine months old. She has fits of anger and crying that lead to her turning blue and passing out. I would like to know what should be done and what causes this. Does she need any medical tests?


A. Your daughter’s behavior is common among children from birth until the age of six, and is referred to as “cyanotic spells.” These occur in the form of breath-holding attacks that lead to bluish skin color (cyanosis), almost fainting, and a kind of muscle rigidity. The symptoms can last from half a minute to one and a half minutes, where afterwards a child returns to his normal condition.


This condition is not considered pathological nor of clinical significance, and completely disappears by the age of six. This is not a kind of epilepsy and does not leave any damage to a child’s brain or nervous system. Children who experience this condition have normal growth and development. In very rare cases may a pediatrician recommend that an EEG (electroencephalogram) is done to test the child’s brain activity.


Therefore, generally speaking, this case is common, does not have any effect on the normal growth of children, and does not require treatment.


Dr. Ahmed Darwish