Blue Lips (Cyanosis) Treatment in Children

Medically Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on October 16, 2019

Call 911 if:

  • You notice severe difficulty in breathing.
  • Your baby's skin appears blue, a sign they are not getting enough oxygen.
  • 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 seek medical help right away.

Call Doctor If:

  • Your baby has blue lips or skin.

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

WebMD Medical Reference



Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: "Cyanosis."

MedlinePlus: "Skin discoloration - bluish."

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