Bumps and bruises
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.
Blue, green, yellow, purple discolouring of the skin.
A raised area on the skin that’s sensitive to the touch.
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.