My Most Popular Post is…

Drumroll please…the most searched (and found) post is the one about blue veins/marks on the top of the nose between the eyes.  Those of you out there wondering how I know this… There is a control panel that tells me the search terms people use to find the most found blog.  This helps me decide what to write.  In terms of pediatrics, this is a situation where I have had several moms ask me and their prior pediatrician could not answer.  I am still in awe of what I just discovered.  I have seen so many, many of these cases.  The veins are not just on the nose.  There are also veins along the temple region, along the cheek or even along the jaw line.  I just wish that I had the pictures to prove it to everyone.  Let me tell you, don’t think I didn’t try.  The problem is that degree of the blue marks vary and it does not show up well on camera.  There are very many mommies out there who, despite reassurances from their pediatrician, unsatisfied, who query and search. 

Who knew? 

I thought the plantar fasciitis post would be the most popular because there are so many people out there in pain.  Clearly, there are many mommies who are very astute and trust their intuition.  Good for you mommies!  You go girls! 

So, for my future posts I want to answer questions of curiosity.  Things I notice in my patients, things I notice in people.

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9 Comments on “My Most Popular Post is…”

  1. Lindsay Says:

    My daughter is four months old and has large blue veins over her left eye that stop just short of the bridge of her nose. She has had no injury with the exception of birth. She was 9lbs 6oz her delivery was quick and an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Yet, she still had a cephalhemotoma. Could the blue veining stem from this? She was fussy her first weeks but is generally a pleasant and a happy baby. Is it still possible to treat her for this?

    • letrinh Says:

      cephalohematoma is evidence of some difficulty. because she is happy she has adapted. yes, it is still very treatable but…good osteopaths are hard to find…chiropractors and craniosacral therapists do not have enough training…be conservative and do not intervene unless she has problems that make it necessary to address. if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. what to watch for: changes in sleep patterns, change in behavior-more fussy, more clingy, more whiny; usually happens after a fall or an injury too.

  2. Laura Crittenden Says:

    One of the first things I noticed when I first saw my son was this blue vein over his nose. Others have asked about it over the years, I don’t notice it much at all now. He is now almost 4, but another thing I’ve noticed is that when he is tired, he gets these very noticeable purple bags under his eyes and the vein is more noticeable also. Is there a correlation between the bags under the eyes and the vein? Should I be worried? I also dropped my son when he was around 5 months. It was a pretty bad fall, but as said, he already had the blue vein at birth. The birth was a Csection. Please advise..

    • letrinh Says:

      C-sections babies generally do well as their heads do not go through the compressive forces of birth. From this standpoint, they have a fairly “clean slate” and can tolerate more trauma than most vaginally delivered babies. Even so, there are certain situations where C-section babies can have blue veins on the bridge of their nose. Any in utero, perinatal circumstances that (usually lead to a medical reason for CS) causes compression on the fetal head may lead to that blue vein. Conditions in the fetus include: very large baby, breech where the baby’s head is stuck on the mother’s right belly, underneath the liver. twin that is stuck head down. Conditions in the mother include: Braxton-Hicks (preterm labor), hyperemesis (vomiting), scar from past abdominal or pelvic surgery, past prior pelvic trauma (pre-pregnancy car accidents or falls to the tailbone), real labor just prior to CS. Most conventional pediatricians ascribe lack of sleep to the deep dark circles/bags. Should you worry? No, not likely anything terribly worrisome…Most likely, worst case scenario is quality of life issues…like allergies. I find that frontal face impacts (I am assuming you dropped him face down) lead to allergies/sinus issues, bright, CEO high executive function the flip side of which might be ADHD. If this plays out, do the conventional approach until you decide that it is not right for him, your family, your philosophy of health. When you decide to want to hear another approach, you may read my book Osteopathy for Children or find an osteopath near you at

      • Sarah C Says:


        My daughter fell and face planted the floor at a young age, she also banged her head under badly but the doctors have never heard what you are describing. She has a large winged green/blue vein (as though it’s broke), but no doctors are interested. She didn’t have it until after the bang/ fall and it went red at first then turned green/ blue. It’s more noticeable when tired and upset but always visible, even to the camera. I’m still so worried and can’t seem to find any of the treatments you described in uk?

      • letrinh Says:

        you can find cranial osteopathy in the UK. try

      • letrinh Says:

        Yeah, they are not about subtlety. They way conventional pediatricians are taught, they think the child will outgrow injuries.

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