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Question: my daughters feet turn purple!!

 lilylenay - Wed May 30, 2007 11:34 pm

my daughter is 9 almost 10 months old. she has beena pretty healthy baby. Been sick a few times but nothing major. but in the last 2 months the bottoms of her feet and her toes turn a dark purple. it only lasts a few minutes then disappears. on 2 of theses occassions she had fevers. what could be causing this?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu May 31, 2007 4:22 am

User avatar Most likely this is due to dilation of the veins in her feet. This is a fairly common phenomenon in children. The dilation causes blood to pool in the feet some turning them reddish or bluish.

This isn't harmful. As long as there isn't anything else going on such as pain or subsequent bruising, etc. I would not be alarmed by this. If it begins to seem to bother her or if something else develops she should be seen.

Best wishes.

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