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Bruises

What is a bruise?

A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by trauma to an area of the body. Sometimes, enough bleeding occurs so that a lump also forms (this lump is called a hematoma).

First-aid for bruises:

A bruise will usually heal on its own. Some general guidelines for treatment may include:

When should I call my child's physician?

Specific treatment for bruises that require more than minor treatment at home will be determined by your child's physician. In general, call your child's physician if your child:

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