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Darkness under the eyes and very pale face on 4yo

(13 Posts)
pumpkinsweetie Thu 08-Jan-15 22:31:02

My dd 4yo has always been pale by nature, but of late she looks more paler than usual and has dark circles under her eyes.

Hoping to get a doctors appointment tomorrow to find out as to why.

Does anyone know what this could be? tia x

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 08-Jan-15 22:32:05

Anaemia? What's her diet like?

pumpkinsweetie Thu 08-Jan-15 22:34:10

I struggle to get her to eat anything substantial tbh, she mainly lives of sandwiches, chocolate, fruit, crisps and the odd dinner.
Every dinner i give to her goes untouched, i give her what she wants to eat within reason as she just won't eat proper meals x

PrimalLass Thu 08-Jan-15 22:36:51

My daughter gets dark streaks under her eyes when she eats wheat. If that's all she wants there is a chance it could be due to intolerance (sounds odd but true).

pumpkinsweetie Thu 08-Jan-15 22:39:31

Didn't think of an intolerance, anemia has crossed my mind as she won't be getting enough iron from her diet i imagine.

fruitpastille Thu 08-Jan-15 22:43:20

My DS (7) has always been like this but diet is OK and otherwise fairly healthy so I have not investigated.

WerewolfBarMitzvah Thu 08-Jan-15 22:43:51

Is she getting enough fluid?
Hope Dr can help her out.

MistAndAWeepingRain Thu 08-Jan-15 22:48:04

Could she be tired? My DD gets dark circles if she's not getting enough sleep.

BackToTheFuschia Thu 08-Jan-15 22:49:18

my friends dd1 has just started iron supplements for anaemia after showing these symptoms and has perked up with a day!

pumpkinsweetie Thu 08-Jan-15 22:51:08

She sleeps mostly well, sometimes she even falls asleep straight after school

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 08-Jan-15 22:52:03

Does she have any vitamins?

it could be an intolerance or reaction making her reluctant to eat or she could be anaemic.

dies she suffer from.bad wind or bloating. exhaustion?

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Thu 08-Jan-15 22:52:45

Is she drinking enough fluid and getting enough sleep? Sometimes when we are dehydrated, (and exhausted) the dark circles show up more as the kidneys are struggling to filter toxins and the blood is darker/thicker/not circulating as well as it should so shows up under the eyes where skin is very thin.

Nerris Thu 08-Jan-15 22:55:29

My dd4 was like this a month ago. Turns out she had a urine infection. Worth taking a sample to the Dr's with you to rule it out. Otherwise make sure she gets some early nights and a restful weekend.

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