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What causes your baby to have blue extremities
What really is acrocyanosis?
I have done a lot of research within the last month or so. My five month old daughter started turning a very dark purple almost blue on her hands and feet whenever I would change her clothes, or give her a bath. I assumed it wasn't a huge problem because the minute I would start dressing her or dry her off she would then return to her normal pink color. I started to become more concerned when I saw that it was now going to her arms and legs, and a few times it looked like it was happening to her chin. I called the doctor's office and the nurse didn't seem to be too worried (but I had this horrible feeling that I had done something wrong.) You see I have a horrible reflux problem so I was prescribed Nexium. I was told by my OB and by the pharmacist that it was ok to take while I was pregnant because it was a category B (meaning it never harmed any lab tested animals). I did try to go without the medication but my reflux is so bad I was in constant agony all day every day. After thoroughly checking with all the doctor's and talking to my significant other we decided it would be ok for me to start taking the Nexium again. Now, here is the frightening part; right when I really started to get concerned about my daughter's purple skin I saw a commercial from a lawyers office on TV that said if you took any of these medications while pregnant and your child has a heart defect you may have a case.... Nexium was one of those medications. Now I was frantic. I called the doctors and like I said the nurse wasn't concerned but she said she would talk to the doctor. The doctor got on the phone and basically said what the nurse said Nexium is a category B, so it's ok to take while pregnant and that a lot of babies will experience some issues with acrocyanosis.
What is Acrocyanosis? Well, all my research has found; is that because of an immature circulatory system, infants have a hard time with keeping their extremities perfused when they start to get chilly. I don't know, but for some reason I am having a hard time with just accepting that this is normal. I have never seen this in any other baby (even when they are cold). I asked the doctor if she would be willing to see some pictures I have taken. After I was able to finally see the doctor she looked at the pictures (here is one of the pictures I showed her) and tells me that it's most likely normal but that the purple color is pretty impressive so she wants me to see the cardiologist. She said just to make sure. Finally I can get my daughter tested, and if these results turn up negative, I think then I can sit back and just accept that "it's normal" and try to deal with it.
Have you exeperienced this? Do you know anyone that has? What did you/they do about it? Has anyone else taken Nexium while pregnant? If so have you experienced any problems?