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What causes shortness of breath, fainting and blue tinged lips in a child?

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Posted on Sat, 21 May 2016
Question: My 5 yr old grandson went to the hosp this am with the following symptoms: shortness of breath and if he tried to stand more than about 30 seconds, he would feel faint with blueish tinged lips and would become clammy. Doctors have listened to his lungs and checked his ears and throat and don't feel they are issues. He has shown no signs of any health problems before now with the recent (within 2 weeks) exception of congested cough which was treated with antibiotics. He appeared to regain normal health quickly (energy, appetite, sleep, no coughing). I'm sure they are doing everything possible, but any additional input would be greatly appreciated. I must add that I am currently being treated at home for pneumonia and have been in close contact with my grandson in the last two days.
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Answered by Dr. Eric Goldstein (34 minutes later)
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Illness

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Hello. I just read through your question.
I would add two thoughts here.
Firstly, this could be the flu. I don't know if they tested for that. But even if they did, and the test was positive, there is not much to do other than fluids and rest.

Secondly, even though his lungs were cleared, I wouldn't rush to take the diagnosis of pneumonia of the list just yet. Pneumonia can be tricky sometimes, and it is possible it won't really show itself until 2,3 or even 4 days down the road.

So for now, keep your eye on him. Make sure he stays very well hydrated, monitor his fever and treat with a fever reducer if necessary, and give him a little time.
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What causes shortness of breath, fainting and blue tinged lips in a child?

Brief Answer: Illness Detailed Answer: Hello. I just read through your question. I would add two thoughts here. Firstly, this could be the flu. I don't know if they tested for that. But even if they did, and the test was positive, there is not much to do other than fluids and rest. Secondly, even though his lungs were cleared, I wouldn't rush to take the diagnosis of pneumonia of the list just yet. Pneumonia can be tricky sometimes, and it is possible it won't really show itself until 2,3 or even 4 days down the road. So for now, keep your eye on him. Make sure he stays very well hydrated, monitor his fever and treat with a fever reducer if necessary, and give him a little time.