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Cyanosis Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Cyanosis in Children

The main diagnostic tool in determining Cyanosis is the discoloration of the skin detected on the lips and face when enough oxygen is not supplied to the heart. When the measure of non-oxygenated hemo-protein composed of globin and heme that gives red blood cells their characteristic color, goes beyond 5 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, perhaps around 10 to 15 grams of hemoglobin per 100 milliliters, then the condition is known as cyanosis. The state at that particular time may be harmless in case of babies who are newly born, but there are chances that it may also harbor a sign of future abnormality in the lung development or heart condition of the child. This sign seen among children is known as acrocyanosis or hyaline membrane disease.

Acrocyanosis in new bon babies is an indication that the lungs are not supplying enough oxygen to the heart or perhaps a sign of blood circulatory issues. However some children take time to draw in the air from the environment into their lungs after they have just been conceived from the womb and hence the bluish skin discoloration; however further testing would be able to determine the exact cause.

Circulatory troubles could mean unnatural blending of non-oxygenated blood with the oxygen that carries blood. Cyanosis is commonly observed initially about the lips and mouth, and most likely also observed in the nail beds. It is a bodily sign affecting the color of the skin and the mucus membranes.

Cyanosis is also linked with severe winters, failure of the heart, disorders of the lung, and asphyxiation. When the bluish coloring displayed on the child's face does not go away with the passage of time, they should be checked for heart imperfections, respiratory disorders, or breathing difficulties. It can either mean it is a harmless condition or could be an underlying issue.

Cyanosis Treatment


The best way to treat the bluish skin disorder would be to treat the underlying issue that would help to bring back normalcy to the person in appearance and in the condition. If heart diseases or lung disorders are identified correctly and treated right, then the skin disorder is likely to vanish, after the treatment begins to take effect.

However if the cyanosis is induced due to extreme coldness or winter, then moving the individual to a warmer environment can help to resolve cyanosis. Most medical practitioners try administering supplemental oxygen to the affected individual in order to bring normalcy and to help add to the oxygen in the blood saturation levels.