Blue Lips (Cyanosis) Treatment in Children

Call 911 if: 

  • You notice severe difficulty in breathing.
  • Your baby's skin appears blue, a sign he is 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 Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on October 16, 2019



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

MedlinePlus: "Skin discoloration - bluish."

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