Kids seem to bruise easily. Whether it is a toddler taking their first steps or a preschooler who is rough-housing all of the time, kids are prone to bruises. Many parents worry that bruising is a sign of a serious illness. Fortunately, most of the time, it is normal.
When should I be concerned about a bruise on my toddler?
Bruises are mostly nothing to worry about. But you should take your child to see your GP if she has bruises that don’t seem related to normal childhood bumps and falls. For example, you might want to see your GP if your child: seems to bruise more easily than other children.
Is it normal for toddler to have bruises on legs?
Bruising is common in children, and usually just a normal part of growing up – because children are playful and adventurous. For active toddlers, bruises on their shins, head bumps, and arms and legs are a normal part of growing up.
What does easily bruising indicate?
Easy bruising sometimes indicates a serious underlying condition, such as a blood-clotting problem or a blood disease. See your doctor if you: Have frequent, large bruises, especially if your bruises appear on your trunk, back or face, or seem to develop for no known reasons.
When should bruising be concerning?
When to Seek Medical Care
Call the doctor if bruising occurs easily or for no apparent reason. Call the doctor if the bruise is painful and under a toenail or fingernail. Call the doctor if a bruise does not improve within two weeks or fails to completely clear after three or four weeks.
What to do if you see a bruise on a child?
Your child has a fever.
- Apply Ice. Wrap a cold pack in a towel or washcloth and hold it against the bruise for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat, but no more than once an hour. …
- Elevate the Area. If possible, raise the bruised area above the heart to reduce swelling.
- Reduce Pain. Use infant or child-formula acetaminophen (Tylenol).
What Vitamin Am I lacking if I bruise easily?
Low on Vitamin C
This essential vitamin helps make collagen, an important protein that keeps your blood vessels healthy. If you don’t get enough vitamin C in your diet, you may notice that you bruise easily.
What do Leukemia spots look like?
Leukemia cutis appears as red or purplish red, and it occasionally looks dark red or brown. It affects the outer skin layer, the inner skin layer, and the layer of tissue beneath the skin. The rash can involve flushed skin, plaques, and scaly lesions. It most commonly appears on the trunk, arms, and legs.
Can low iron cause bruising?
You may begin to bruise easily if you aren’t getting enough iron. That’s because your body needs iron to keep your blood cells healthy. If your blood cells aren’t healthy, your body won’t be able to get the oxygen that it needs to function. This may make your skin more susceptible to bruising.
How do you know if a bruise is serious?
See your doctor or visit State Urgent Care right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal bleeding in the gums, frequent nose bleeds or blood in the urine or stool.
- Frequent very large, very painful bruises.
- Numbness or weakness anywhere in the injured limb.
- Swelling around the bruised skin.
What vitamins can cause bruising?
Can supplements cause easy bruising too? Taking dietary supplements like fish oil, garlic, ginkgo and vitamin E may also lead to easy bruising. These substances block platelets from forming clots, which would normally stop bleeding. It’s a good reminder to run supplements by your doc before you start taking any.
What deficiency causes easy bruising?
Why do I bruise so easily?
- Deficiencies in vitamin B12, vitamin C or vitamin K.
- Blood disorders such as Von Willebrand disease, hemophilia, platelet function defects or other blood clotting disorders.
- Domestic, child or elder abuse.
- Severe alcohol abuse.