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Treatments for Bruises in Children

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A bruise will usually heal on its own, but here are some general guidelines for treatment:

  • Calm your child and let him or her know that you can help.
  • Apply a cold or ice pack for the first 24 hours after injury to help reduce swelling and discomfort. After one or two days, try warm soaks or a warm bath to help the area feel better.
  • If the bruise or swelling is on the lips or in the mouth, offer your child an ice cube or ice pop to suck on.
  • Avoid massaging the bruised area or putting more pressure on it.
  • If the bruise involves a large area on an arm or a leg, elevate the limb to help reduce swelling.
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