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Infant passed away in sleep, was found blue and pale with bleeding through nose and mouth. Cause?

Hi my daughter recently passed away in her sleep yesterday morning shes only five months old. When me and my husband found her she had veen blue where she was laying pale everywhere else and blood was comeing from her nose and mouth. The doctors wont talk to me im just wondering if this happens in a normal death or could there be a bigger issue?
Asked On : Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I am so sorry for your loss.
It isn't clear from the information you've furnished whether or not an autopsy will be performed, but this might help answer some of your questions. Unfortunately, though, even an autopsy may not fill in all the gaps if your baby died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Her appearance when you discovered her is not unusual for SIDS: the blue coloration in her dependent areas (her downward body parts) and paleness on her upper body parts are simply the result of gravity, which pulls blood downward when it stops circulating. This is called "pooling" or "dependent rubor." And studies suggest that about 15% of SIDS deaths are associated with bleeding from the baby's mouth or nose. (Such bleeding can also be associated with suffocation or with trauma to the soft tissues of the mouth, which might occur during a seizure.)
I suggest you try again to get your physician's thoughts on what happened to your baby, as this will help you work through this extremely painful time. You and your husband would probably benefit from grief counseling, too, so ask your doctor for a referral.
My best to you.
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