Blue Baby Syndrome Explanation 

Seeing your child in pain and not knowing what to do is a scary feeling that no parent should have to experience. Though blue baby syndrome is rare in industrialized countries, it is not to be completely ruled out. 

From the experts in the groundwater industry, we’re here to explain what blue baby syndrome is and its causes. 

What is Blue Baby Syndrome?

Blue baby syndrome, also known as methemoglobinemia, is a peculiar ailment in which an infant’s skin turns blue. This may occur when your baby’s blood has a decreased amount of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for carrying oxygen and delivering it to different cells and tissues in the body. Some symptoms may include trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, or even death.

What Are the Causes?

There are many reasons for blue baby syndrome; however, the most common one is nitrates in water. What are nitrates, you may ask? They are a natural chemical that may be found in farming communities with well water. Nitrates convert to nitrites and stick to hemoglobin which creates methemoglobin, preventing oxygen from entering the child’s bloodstream. Therefore when a baby drinks nitrate-rich water, they acquire a bluish hue that gives a name to this symptom.

How Do We Prevent It?

Start by avoiding giving your infant water from a well until one year old. Although it is a rare condition, you do not want to take a risk with your child’s life. To prevent the blue baby syndrome, ensure your water is safe by getting a state-approved test. You can also monitor your child to detect if something is wrong.

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