Bumps and bruises

Your Baby & Toddler - - A-Z Guide -

When your baby starts crawl­ing, pulling him­self up onto fur­ni­ture to ‘coast’, and even­tu­ally walk­ing, he’s bound to col­lect a few bumps and bruises along the way.

Symp­toms

Blue, green, yel­low, purple dis­colour­ing of the skin.

A raised area on the skin that’s sen­si­tive to the touch.

Treat­ment

If the bruise looks sore, hold a cold gel pack, wrapped in cloth, to the area to re­lieve swelling. You can also use a par­tially thawed pack of frozen peas wrapped in cloth if you don’t have an ice

pack on hand.

Ap­ply a treat­ment like Ar­nica Gel to the area to ease the pain.

Al­ways trust your mother in­stinct – if you feel your baby needs to see a doc­tor just in case, take him, as he might need a mild painkiller con­tain­ing parac­eta­mol or ibupro­fen.

Take your baby to the doc­tor if: there is a bruise be­hind his ear (this could in­di­cate a skull frac­ture); he seems up­set and in pain for more than 24 hours; he de­vel­ops a fever; and if he has many un­ex­plained bruises that aren’t as­so­ci­ated with in­jury.

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