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gracenglory75 03-17-2008 08:51 AM

Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
I feel like I'm going crazy!

Last night at youth group, the teen girls wanted to hold Miracle. Not unusual. Well, I gave her to the most responsible one and then went to the kitchen to sort out a ruckus out there. Heard Mira screaming, ran back in. I wasn't too alarmed. Separation anxiety seems to have kicked in the past week or two and I thought that's all it was.

I took her and her screaming got worse. DH took her, and even that did not calm her down. I happened to notice her leg while he was holding her. It was deep purple!!!

We put her on the kitchen counter and sure enough, it was purple, esp in the lower part.

I took her upstairs and put her to breast to try to calm both her and I down and THINK about what to do next. All I could think was her ankle got broken somehow! She nursed in between shuddering cries.

Our youth leader's wife came to look at it, said, "oh my" and we decided an ER trip was in order. On the way, screaming stopped, and Mira dozed off.

Got to the ER and I peeled the blanket off to show the admitting person. Her leg was back to normal! No sign of anything unusual! The nurse looked downright mad and asked, "First child!?" I said yes, and she said (while rolling her eyes), "Oh. That explaines everything. Make up your mind and tell me if you want her to be seen or not." and walked away. :banghead:

I was SO upset by her rudeness (I mean, she could have at least asked me clarifying questions like, "what happened? How long was it purple? what was she doing when it happened? etc "). :banghead:

At the same time, I was glad Miracles' leg was ok but felt like I had lost my mind!

(We left the ER by the way, esp because as we walked in, a stand of yellow face masks greeted us, with a huge yellow sign that they were experiencing a severe outbreak of flu and the masks were for our protection while in the ER!!!! This is the same flu bug that made me stay home from church in the morning because it is just so severe when people get it and we didnt' want me or Mira getting it.)

The only thing I can think, somehow her circulation got cut off when the teen was holding her, and made her leg purple and maybe the prickles you get when blood starts flowing back to a limb that has fallen asleep, is what made her scream!?

Any thoughts?

S Starr 03-17-2008 09:07 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
Mama, I'm so sorry that you had that nasty nurse! I've been spectacularly lucky in having a ped nurse who said, "Call me as many times a day as you'd like, and don't worry if you have to ask the same question more than once. That's what I'm here for." I can't remember exactly what she said caused the purple feet, but I do remember that same worry, and I think it was indeed something to do with circulation. :bighug:

escapethevillage 03-17-2008 09:07 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
How long was she holding Mira?

::er!ca:: 03-17-2008 09:11 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
This has happend with my daughter before, but only to her foot. It happened many times when she was an infant, and I just thought the circulation was bad at that moment. I wasn't holding her funny or different when it would happen, but I thought maybe the placement of my arm (the pressure) from when I was holding her attributed to it? I never took her to the ER or the doctor for it, but I did ask the doctor about it at an appointment and he didn't seem worried. After young infancy, it didn't happen again.... until a couple weeks ago. But she was sitting funny so I think the circulation was cut off to her foot once again. Each time it happened, it went away almost as soon as I noticed it, and I rubbed it a bit to get things going again. It can be scary and make you want to worry, but my daughter was/is ok.

gracenglory75 03-17-2008 09:16 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by escapethevillage (Post 3059687)
How long was she holding Mira?

15 minutes at the most. And before that, Miracle was in her exersaucer for about 15 minutes too.

alnink 03-17-2008 09:59 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
This happened with my nephew. His diaper was on goofy, my sister handed him off to me and within a minute or two his his leg started turning blue-purple. Weird! Hopefully it was something as simple as her circulation being blocked. Take care!

pigletmsu 03-17-2008 08:15 PM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
This happens often with my baby. Her hands and her legs/feet will do that. I was actually going to ask the dr about it at our next appt because her hands are always cold and often are purple.

Next time I'd try rubbing it and if that doesn't make it go away, I'd go in or call the dr.

ETA: working on searching the web for more info. Came across this. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...1175017AAbCarp

benjaminsmom 03-18-2008 10:37 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
:hugs: momma. SS you got a nasty nurse. I would've gone in too. But I am also a nervous 1st timer :giggle: Hope it is just bad cirrculation or something simple.

gracenglory75 03-18-2008 10:42 AM

Re: Purple Leg on Infant!?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pigletmsu (Post 3067189)
This happens often with my baby. Her hands and her legs/feet will do that. I was actually going to ask the dr about it at our next appt because her hands are always cold and often are purple.

Next time I'd try rubbing it and if that doesn't make it go away, I'd go in or call the dr.

ETA: working on searching the web for more info. Came across this. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...1175017AAbCarp

Thanks! That's one I didn't find in my searching. . . :-)


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