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Blue Lips (Cyanosis) Treatment in Children

Call 911 if: 

  • You notice severe difficulty in breathing.
  • Your pediatrician is not available.

  • You notice severe difficulty in breathing.
  • Your pediatrician is not available.

In a newborn, it's common for the area around a baby's mouth and even the palms and soles of the feet to turn blue once in awhile. But when a baby's lips, mouth, head, or torso are blue, it's a sign of a more serious problem and you should see a doctor right away.

Call Doctor If:

  • Your baby has blue lips or skin.

That’s a sign that the baby is not getting enough oxygen. Your doctor will run tests to find out what’s causing the problem.

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on September 10, 2015

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