Many things can cause bruises in children. Bumps and falls are the most common reason for bruising. But, sometimes bruises can indicate something more serious, like child abuse, bleeding disorders, and certain cancers.
When should I worry about a bruise on my child?
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.
Why does my child keep getting bruises?
Possible reasons for frequent bruising in children include: Vascular disorders: a problem with your child’s blood vessels. Platelet disorders: a problem with the blood cells that help blood to clot (platelets), such as low platelets following an illness), or more rarely, a serious conditions such as leukaemia.
What bruises should you worry about?
Call the doctor if a bruise does not improve within two weeks or fails to completely clear after three or four weeks. Go to an emergency room if you think you have a broken bone along with the bruise. Some bruises, such as those on the head or the eye, can cause a lot of anxiety.
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.
Does 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.
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.
What do blood clot bruises look like?
The site of the bruise will appear reddish at first, then turn to a dark blue, purple, or blackish color over the first few hours to days. A bruise will change color as it heals, typically getting lighter and more yellow until it fades completely. Bruises may be sore or painful to the touch as they heal.
What is Gardner Diamond syndrome?
Psychogenic purpura (also referred to as Gardner-Diamond syndrome, autoerythrocyte sensitization, or painful bruising syndrome) is a rare and poorly understood clinical presentation in which patients develop unexplained painful bruises, mostly on the extremities and/or face, during times of stress.