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4.
Congenital Heart Disease and Blue Lips

Odds are that if your child has a congenital heart defect you
have known about it since birth.  Congenital heart defects are
abnormalities in the structure of an infant that are present at
birth and, according to KidsHealth with Nemours, occur in
approximately 8 out of every 1,000 newborns.   While
congenital heart disease cannot be prevented, it could explain
why you see blue lips on your child.

In 2008, researchers in Bangladesh, including Professor M.
Iqbal Bari with the Department of Paediatrics at Rajshahi
Medical College,  analyzed 115 children twelve years old and
younger with congenital heart disease.  They found that “bluish
discoloration of lips and fingertips” was found in 20% of these
children.

The above study should not be confused for the reverse
situation: if your child has blue lips it doesn’t make sense to
panic over congenital heart disease.  However, if your child
already has congenital heart disease and you notice blue lips, it
may be nice to know that there isn’t necessarily a new problem
to address.

5.
Seizures and Blue Lips



























If your child has experienced seizures without blue lips, that is
not a surprise.  Furthermore, if your child has shown blue lips
during a seizure, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the seizure is
any worse than one without blue lips.  

In a typical seizure in children, the child looks pale, complains
of nausea,
vomits (vomiting occurs in 70-80% of seizures),
and eventually becomes unresponsive.  Some kids may show
other symptoms during a seizure, including pale skin, a limp
body and blue lips.   

While every seizure may look different, researchers in Los
Angeles have found some factors that may make a child at a
higher risk for these seizures.

In 2012, researches from various institutions in Los Angeles,
including Dr. Shirley Russ with the Department of Academic
Primary Care Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,  
analyzed the sociodemographics of in US children with epilepsy
and seizure disorder.  

Using data from over 91,000 children under the age of 17, the
study found that 977 were reported by their parents to have
been diagnosed with epilepsy/seizure disorder, with an
estimated lifetime prevalence of 1%.  

The prevalence of the disorder was found to be higher “in
lower-income families and in older, male children.”  
Furthermore, children with epilepsy/seizure disorder were
“significantly more likely than those never diagnosed” to
experience depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and headaches.  
While you may not be able to change some of the factors above
to prevent your child’s risk for seizures (it’s hard to make your
“older male” child be otherwise), being aware of the higher
risk could help you to seek treatment more quickly if seizures  
--- and blue lips related to seizures --- begin to occur.

6.
Pneumonia and Second-Hand Smoking Can Cause Blue Lips.

Pneumonia can cause blue lips. In fact, the existence of blue
lips in a child with pneumonia is one of the criteria used by The
World Health Organization to define the pneumonia as “severe
pneumonia”.

The list of factors which can cause a case of pneumonia to be
categorized as "severe"  in children less than three years of age
are having the inability to breast-feed, convulsions, decreased
activity or unconsciousness, and blue lips and/or nails.  

Of course, if you think your child has pneumonia you should
seek medical attention – and, according to research from
Japan, if you don’t want your child to ever get pneumonia, you
might want to stop smoking.

In 2008, a group of experts from Japan, Vietnam, and South
Korea, including Dr. Hideki Yanai with the Institute of Tropical
Medicine at the University of Nagasaki,  looked into the
association between environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and
pneumonia in children.

Data showed that 70.5% of 24,781 children below the age of 5
lived in conditions with the presence of ETS, and that 2.6% of
the children had been admitted to the hospital for pneumonia.  
Analysis revealed that “exposure to ETS was independently
associated with hospital admissions for pneumonia,” and that
an estimated “28.7% of childhood pneumonia in this
community is attributable to ETS.”

I know this may sound preachy but, even if you don’t have
kids, your smoking could be affecting your neighbors’ kids, or
even kids you pass by during your daily, smoking ritual. It
could certainly decrease your child's risk for pneumonia --and
blue lips.


7.
High Altitude Can Cause Blue Lips

People living at high altitude --- Denver, anyone? ---are often
admired by visitors accustomed to sea level.  How do locals
breathe way up there, let alone work, play, and exercise?  
However, research from Harvard finds that while high altitude
may make you impressive to some people, the thin air up there
could give your child blue lips.

In 2012, Dr. Patricia Hibberd and a large team of specialists at
the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical
School  examined how high altitude and anemia affects young
children with severe pneumonia.  958 children at 8 sites of
various elevations showed that children at high altitude had
“higher proportion of cyanosis,” lower systolic blood pressure,
and higher mean hemoglobin.  

The team concluded that “children at high altitude present with
significantly more severe hypoxemia and cyanosis than children
at low altitude.”

If you live at high altitude and relocating the entire family isn’t
in the budget, the authors of the above study offer a less
extreme option.  They advise that “treatment of anemia should
be a high priority in children at high altitude.”


8.
Congenital Heart Disease and Blue Lips Part II: Anemia

We have already seen that 20% of children with congenital
heart disease show blue lips from time to time, and that anemia
may be connected to the blue lips seen during breath holding
spells (see above).  Researchers from Albania may have found
another link between these factors: the blue lips from your
child’s congenital heart disease might be worsened be iron
deficiency anemia.

In 2010, A. Maloku-Ceku and others with the Children’s Clinic
in Pristina, Albania,  studied the connection between congenital
heart disease (CHD) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in 114
children with CHD.  98 of these children showed “indication for
iron supplement.”  The report concludes that “children with
CHD need continually hematological examination and in most
cases iron supplement is indicated.”

If your child is iron-deficient the condition may be treatable
with dietary changes.  However, it is possible that something
more complicated is going on, so that speaking with a specialist
is advised.  (Read more about
natural remedies for anemia.)



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