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Blue baby syndrome: a heart disorder that turns your baby’s skin blue

Blue baby syndrome or infant methemoglobinemia is a heart disorder where your newborn’s skin may turn blue due to lack of enough oxygen in the blood. This can happen when the baby’s heart is deformed. While methemoglobinemia sometimes occurs congenital And some babies are born with the condition, mostly it is acquired in infants and can be caused by exposure to certain substances and certain health conditions. (Also read: Biliary atresia: about congenital liver disease in infants that can be fatal)

Eating food or water high in nitrates can cause this condition or health problems such as anemia, milk protein intolerance, severe metabolic acidosis and urinary tract infections can also be risk factors.

“Blue baby syndrome is a congenital heart disorder in which oxygen-deprived blood circulates throughout the baby’s body. It is the result of multiple abnormal circulations in the heart. The cause of blue baby is a malformed heart due to which deoxygenated blood mixes with oxygenated blood. blood inside the heart chambers,” says Dr. Srinivas M. Kini, Senior Consultant Pediatric CTVS, Marengo QRG Hospital, Faridabad.

Symptoms of Blue Baby Syndrome

Blue baby syndrome is a congenital heart disorder in which deoxygenated blood circulates throughout the baby's body.  (Byu Prakosa)
Blue baby syndrome is a congenital heart disorder in which deoxygenated blood circulates throughout the baby’s body. (Byu Prakosa)

“Symptoms will be mainly of low oxygen of the child. Oxygen saturation will be less than 95 and lips and nails will be bluish in colour. The skin color will also be brown but this may not be appreciated in brown children. Children without irritability There must be no obvious reason,” says Dr. Kinney.

The pediatric CTVS doctor says that the condition is serious for the child and should be diagnosed and treated as soon as it is detected.

“Every organ in a child’s body uses oxygen for their vital functions and the lack of oxygen supply due to this syndrome can permanently damage them,” says Dr. Kinney.

treatment

Treatment is mainly surgical (open heart surgery) in which the normal anatomy of the heart is restored and all abnormal circulation is stopped.

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