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An infant turning blue due to choking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   How long does it take an infant child to start turning blue after their airway is obstructed?                              
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   turning blue depends on the nature of obstruction
User :   It was a food obstruction.
Doctor :   if partial obstruction than it is well compensated and may not be apperent
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   in complete obstruction it will take 3 to 5 minutes for bluness to appear
User :   Okay, that definitely helps me out a little.
User :   I wasn't in the same room when this incident happened.
Doctor :   ok
User :   I'm just doubting how long I was actually gone.
User :   While I have you.
User :   My son has been discharged from the hospital, and seems fine.
Doctor :   ok
User :   But I'm curious as to whether or not a choking incident of this nature could have caused any brain damage.
Doctor :   chocking to a complete extent of unconscious with stopped heart will cause brain damage
Doctor :   chocking with bluness and heart beat still there will not cause any significant brain effects
User :   Okay, that's where he was, blueness and a heart beat.
Doctor :   so timely medical help has saved him
User :   Fortunately, yes.
Doctor :   kindly take care such incidences do not repeat again
Doctor :   in these situation time is what matters
User :   I've been doing my best. He hasn't been out of my sight since.
User :   We've changed his dietary intake as well.
Doctor :   how old is he
User :   He'll be one year old this friday.
User :   Anyway, thank you for your time. It's greatly appreciated. I've been searching everywhere trying to find an answer to this question.
User :   It's helped me more than you'll know.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting healthcare magic
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   Bye, and take care.
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