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4 Year Old Lost Color In Face - Reason?

Asked by BackinBlack (423points) 3 months ago

My 4 year old nephew was fine all night and then we sat down to eat pasta and he started acting weird. He first complained about his finger that it hurt but there was nothing there. He actually started to whimper about it and looked like he might cry. Then he started yawning and said there was something wrong with his breath. He got really lethargic and tired and kept yawning and when we said what’s wrong, he said “I dunno there’s something wrong with my breath.” He wasn’t choking. We all noticed he turned totally grey and his lips were white. My mother pulled him out of the high chair and he said he wanted to go to bed (NOT LIKE HIM).

We thought he was having an allergic reaction but nothing happened after that and in fact he got his energy back and acted pretty normal. We made him chicken and noodles and he ate ALL of it.

I looked on-line what this could be and didn’t really have luck.

Anyone have any idea of what the hell happened?

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snowberry's avatar

For starters I would document it thoroughly. Write down everything that you remember happened including everything he ate and whatever he had done that day and the week before. It sounds like the whole thing happened rather quickly and he was back to normal long before a doctor could have seen him. That’s why I recommend writing everything down because it’s still fresh in your mind and it may happen again. This may require some sleuthing.

I would take him to a doctor for thorough checkup including bloodwork. If it happens again you might want to have a camera around because it might help the medical folks sort things out. And don’t forget to ask the doctor what they would like you to do if it happens again.

Please keep us posted!

BackinBlack's avatar

@snowberry I’m trying to convince his mom to take him for a check up and mention this. She said he had a whole Kit Kat bar for a snack that day which he doesn’t normally get candy. I wonder if it had to do with blood sugar levels or something.

Aster's avatar

Had he gotten a flu shot ? Your description of his symptoms almost sounds like he almost passed out.

BackinBlack's avatar

@Aster no flu shot! I don’t know if he felt like passing out it’s hard to get a 4 year old to explain his feelings to you. He looked to me like he knew something was wrong but just didn’t know what.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@snowberry is right.
Document everything, including pictures if it happens again.
It sounds mighty scary.
One candy bar would not do all of that unless he has a medical problem which was aggravated by it, and if so it would have happened right away, not later.
It almost sounds like a blood clot, but he is awfully young for that.
If it does happen again, he should be seen right away.

snowberry's avatar

Video would be better than pictures because there’d be sound and movement.

Inspired_2write's avatar
lots of resons to get him tested for anything serious. Read the above link.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Here are the types of smells different systemic disease bad breath:

A cheesy smell usually indicates your bad breath has a nasal origin.
A fruity smell may indicate uncontrolled diabetes due to increased
A fishy smell may indicate kidney disease, as increased urea levels can cause a fishy smell such as in (trimethylaminuria)
An acidic smell can be a sign of asthma or cystic fibrosis
A scent of ammonia can indicate kidney problems
A sweet, musty odor may signal liver cirrhosis
A fecal odor may point to a bowel obstruction
There are 12 types of ‘bad breath’ caused by disease in your body

Tonsil breath
Sinus breath
Lung breath
Gut breath
Metabolic breath
Diabetes breath
Drug breath
Liver breath
Trimethylaminuria breath
Menstrual breath
Drug-induced bad breath

BackinBlack's avatar

@Inspired_2write Thanks! I’m going to talk to his mom tonight and see if she notices any of these things.

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