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Why are my baby's hands and feet red and warm to the touch and turns white with pressure?

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05/04/2008

That response is in reaction to blood circulation. If the skin turns white when you touch it, you are temporarily pushing blood out of that portion of the tissue (hence the white color). This is normal for infants. If this is on the top of the hands or feet, this is also normal. There are many reasons this can happen. The baby can have an excess of body fat (completely normal) and it is pushing blood to the top of the skin. This can also be due to change in altitude or available oxygen (infants have high response to even the slightest change, so this is also normal). However, there are some conditions that this is a symptom of. Increased circulation can indicate a blood or heart problem. I recommend that you consult a pediatrician. Only they can properly diagnose the problem.