can blue lips mean something else besides asthma

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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
My three year old daughter is a moderate asthmatic. She is taking pulmicourt respules (1mg) daily and 4mg singular, Yet see seems to still have alot of breakthrough asthma. Recently she is having flareups (mostly early morning) in which her lips turn blue, sometimes she gets sweaty and pale, and on two separate occasions her eyes roll back in her head and she seems to lose conciousness .......momemtarily. These episodes do not last long, but are frightning. I am having a hard time convincing my Ped that our treatment is not helping because when I take her into the doctor, her symtoms are insignificant. I am frustrated and concerned that there is something going on that I am not attending to. Is it possible that these symptoms are unrelated to asthma. Is there another course of meds that we should be looking at?

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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have a video camera or a digital camera with a video setting, use it to film her during one of these episodes. Then show the movie to her doctor. A Pulmonologist or Allergist specializing in pediatric issues may also be helpful. Could also be a seizure of some kind, so that's why the movie may be more helpful than anything else at getting you some answers. Good luck,
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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Razzle here. It sounds more like a seizure of some sort. If your Ped doc don't believe you, then it's time to find a new doc. One that cares about what you are trying to him/her.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
How old is your daughter? I don't think that blue lips are caused from other things. Do you have something that can measure the blood/oxygen levels? Maybe that can give you piece of mind itleast.

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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
definitely take her to a doctor to get it looked at...better to be safe than sorry

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   Posted 7/23/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
She probably needs oxygen...........

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   Posted 7/23/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Blue lips in children can be caused by anything that causes a lack of oxygen - severe asthma, croup, seizures, heart disease and on and on. Since any ongoing lack of oxygen is very serious for a child's developing brain, it's important to have it checked out. Please call her pediatrician if you haven't already done so.
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