One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A baby with a blue complexion from lack of oxygen in the blood due to a congenital defect of the heart or major blood vessels.as modifier ‘blue baby syndrome’
- ‘He was one of 20 Iraqi blue babies (cyanotic heart disease) who were flown to India this month.’
- ‘In a clinical setting this species has been implicated in the so-called blue baby syndrome and nitratebased fertilizer poisonings.’
- ‘Nitrates can cause blue baby syndrome - a blood chemistry defect in which the blood's ability to carry oxygen is reduced.’
- ‘High levels of nitrate in drinking water, which can be due to agricultural runoff, have been implicated in human health problems, such as blue baby syndrome.’
- ‘According to my Mother I was born a blue baby - due to a lack of oxygen.’
- ‘It can save a blue baby from Rwanda, and deny treatment to an uninsured middle-class baby in Chicago.’
- ‘It wouldn't have surprised me to find out that he had also been a blue baby.’
- ‘When ingested, nitrogen interferes with the blood's ability to carry oxygen, a condition known as methemoglobinemia, or blue baby syndrome, which can be fatal to infants.’
- ‘‘It's given to mothers to prevent blue babies,’ he said.’
- ‘Nitrates in drinking water have been linked to blue baby syndrome, a condition where the oxygen - carrying capacity of an infant's blood is impaired.’
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