Bruising in Children

Why do bruises appear on children? Read on to learn about bruising in children and what you should do if bruises appear on your child for no reason.

Most bruises develop due to a fall, collision with walls and other hard surfaces, or upon impact with a blunt object. Children who play sports regularly or spend time at the playground are likely to come home with bruises now and then.

First Aid for Bruises

Apply ice acks for 15-minute periods at least several times a day during the first 48 hours to reduce swelling. 
A zip-lock bag filled with ice cubes and water or a partially thawed package of frozen peas may be useful if an ice pack is not available. 
Raising the bruised area also reduces swelling.
Remind your child to avoid physical activity for the time being, especially if the bruise is on an arm or leg, as healing could be delayed. 
Call your paediatrician/ family doctor if your child has hit his head and has a bruise behind the ear as this may be a sign of skull fracture.

What to Do If Your Child Develops Bruises for No Reason  

Do watch out for danger signs, such as unexplained black-and-blue spots, as these may indicate that your child has a tendency to bleed easily. If your child develops bruises that are not caused by injuries and do not go away in 14 days, consult your paediatrician or family doctor.

If your child has a bruise as a result of an injury to the lower back, check his urine for blood. This could indicate injury to the kidneys or other organs. Seek medical treatment immediately.


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