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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 16:38 PM   1
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Baby's red, swollen, hot legs - Advice?


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My partner and I have just got back from A&E where our 4 month old son was seen by an emergency GP.... We didn't get any diagnosis there for what happened to our baby tonight and wondered if anyone else has experienced this?

At about 8.30pm our son woke up crying like he's never cried before, obviously in pain. After trying to settle him for a few minutes we took off his clothing to check his nappy and skin. When we unbuttoned the legs of his sleepsuit they were quite obviously bright red from mid-thigh down, very swollen to the point where there was no definition between his legs and ankles, and his feet were blue/purple in places. His cry escalated even more if we touched his legs where they were red/swollen. We went straight to the hospital but on the way there he fell fast asleep again like nothing was wrong and when we got to the car park his legs were back to normal again. The triage nurse saw him soon after we got to A&E and his temperature and pulse was normal and took us through to see the emergency GP. We were with him less than 5 minutes, he looked at his (now normal looking) legs and listened to his chest..... Only to then tell us that "it must be one of those things".

We're still a little worried though.... He hasn't really been himself much today and over the past couple of nights he has woken with the same crying fits but we hadn't looked at his legs before. He'd gone back to sleep after we'd got him up and cuddled him for a while, just like tonight when we got in the car.

Has anyone else had experience of this happening, or have any ideas what could have caused it....?

We're a very worried mummy and daddy at the moment



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 16:39 PM   2
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sorry, no advice but lots of hugs.xx



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 16:57 PM   3
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No idea sorry but if it happens again take a photo so if by the time you get to see a doctor you can show them.



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 17:22 PM   4
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I've been thinking.... and could my baby's legs have gone red, hot and swollen because his sleeping bag is too small/short? He's quite a long baby and his 0-6 month sized sleeping bag is only a couple of inches longer than him now. Maybe his feet got stuck in a position that made his feet and legs swell? This is driving me crazy.....



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 17:25 PM   5
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Could it possibly be he's allergic to the popper's in his sleepsuits seeing as it's down his legs?

Not sure on the sleeping bags but my LO has got his wrapped quite tight around his legs sometimes wiggling about especially when he was younger.

Agree on taking photo's straight away if it happens again hun!



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Old Nov 23rd, 2010, 18:11 PM   6
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Harriet is very long and was a little small in her sleeping bag one night but no rash just a grumpy baby so we did not use that again...



 
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 22:24 PM   7
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Hi,

I found this site and your post from a Google search. I was babysitting my granddaughter who is 6 months old, and suddenly, while I was feeding her, she began to scream. It was a hard and scary pain cry. Rocking and walking did nothing, so I removed her sleep suit to check her diaper, and that's when I saw her incredibly red and swollen legs

Hers were very red, from mid-thigh down just like your son's, and her ankles and feet were puffy and swollen. I decided to check the internet quickly before I phoned her pediatrician and that's when I found your post. I did also call her doctor, who told me she had no idea what it could be, but that if it didn't go away on it's own, to bring her to the emergency room. Luckily, after about 15 or 20 minutes, her legs also went back to normal. I don't understand what it could possibly be. I've had 3 kids of my own and have never seen anything like this before. It's comforting to know there is someone else that this has happened to.

If I by some chance I do find out what caused it, I will definitely let you know, and I hope you'll do the same for me. Here's hoping it doesn't happen again, right? Good luck.



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Old Dec 7th, 2010, 00:03 AM   8
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It could be that the sleep suit twisted around his legs in a certain way that started to cut off the circulation. Is his sleep suit too tight or close to being too tight around any part of his body, especially his legs? You might want to go up a size.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 07:05 AM   9
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I have had the same problem recently but with my twin boy and girl. Last Friday when trying to feed my 19 week old boy he began screaming Luke never before. After checking numerous things we noticed his kegs were red from the thigh down. His feet were swollen and had purple patches on his legs where the veins were really prominent. This lasted for 5 minutes and then everything went back to normal and he was fine. We couldn't work out what it was and went through everything. It happened again 2 days later. We originally thought it may have been positional but both occasions were very different. On the first occasion he had just cone out of his car seat which fits on the buggy but had only been in it for 20 mins. On the 2nd occasion he'd been out of the seat for 1 hour. We looked at tightness of shoes which didn't apply as he wasn't wearing shoes on the 2nd occasion. Nothing had been changed at home-no new products etc. Nappy or clothes weren't too tight etc. We were baffled and took him to the gp
Out of hours clinic on Sunday after the 2nd episode to be told they didn't know what it was. I made an appointment at my g.p's to get a referral. Then on Monday evening just before her bedtime feed his twin sister had an episode the same-again lasting only about 5 mins then everything back to normal. Has not happened since-now thursday. They are both on different milk which has been the sane for about 3.5 months now. We are totally baffled. They don't think it's vascular as why would non identical twins both have this reaction at roughly the same time? Dr didn't think it is allergic as comes and goes so quickly. Currently waiting for urgent referral appointment but hoping it won't happen again. The only common denominator is that they had their 3rd set of immunisations 8 days before my son's first reaction. For those who have experienced similar had their lo had immunisations?



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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 07:58 AM   10
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my first thought was diaper/clothes are too too tight, BUT most of the time if you cut off circulation to something it stops the blood flow and skin looses color and goes blue/greyish not red.

so my second thought was an allergic reaction, either to material in whatever he was wearing, or maybe the laundry detergent used to wash his clothes.

thirdly it could just be over heating and once you took the clothes off and he had time to cool down he was fine.

and finally it could be position, if he moved his legs around in the sleeping bag, had them lying on top of one another or twisted slightly it could of caused the swelling (which in turn can be red)

make sure you keep a close eye on him, take photos next time it happens (lay him on a white towel when you do so the dr can see just how red and swollen they are!)

hope hes ok
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