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    Treating Bruises in Children

    Bruises are not very common in infants. They're more common on the lower legs and foreheads of toddlers just learning to walk.

    Call Doctor If:

    • The bruised area seems very painful, swollen, or infected.
    • Your child has a bruise after a serious accident or head or abdominal injury.
    • Your child has a large number of bruises or unexplained bruises.
    • Your child has a fever.

    1. 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.
    • Do not hold ice or anything frozen directly against a child's skin.

    2. Elevate the Area

    • If possible, raise the bruised area above the heart to reduce swelling.

    3. Reduce Pain

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on September 10, 2015

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