My little girls hands and feet have been turning purple for no apparent reson. It doesn't seem to bother her, but the other morning while playing her hands matched her purple sleeper. I finally had to run then under luke warm water, which she then had some color. I laid her down for a nap and after 10 minutes of being back up they were purple again. The babysitter noticed the other day that not only where her feet purple but her legs began turning purple as well.
My son's hands and feet do this, as well as his lips. It usually only lasts a few minutes, but it occurs daily. They are also very cold during this time. I think it has to do with poor circulation/immature circulatory system. I'm suspecting there even might be a bit of Raynoud's syndrome in his case as he doesn't seem to have any trouble breathing, and I have that. With that syndrome you have more sensitive vessels in the extremeties and when exposed to cooler temps, it creates a vasoconstriction in the vessels, thus leaving a purple/maudled color and cooler temps. I am absolutely going to speak to his pediatrician about it, and recommend you do the same of course.
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