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Why do bruises appear on children? Read on to learn about bruising in children and how to treat a bruise that appears on your child.
Most bruises develop when a blow breaks blood vessels near the skin's surface, allowing a small amount of blood to leak into the tissues under your skin. The trapped blood may cause a bruise that looks like a black-and-blue mark that changes colour as it heals.
Bruising may occur after a fall, collision with a hard surface, or upon impact with a blunt object.
Do remember RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate) for simple first-aid measures for your child's bruise.
Rest the bruised area if possible
Apply an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) to the area of bruising. Leave it in place for 15 - minutes. Repeat several times a day during the first 48 hours as needed.
Most times, a compression bandage is not required.
Elevate the injured area
You may also give an age-appropriate dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen if your child has no allergies.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is meant purely for educational purposes and may not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should seek the advice of your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider before starting any treatment or if you have any questions related to your health, physical fitness or medical condition.
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This article was last reviewed on
Thursday, September 2, 2021
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