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How to Cope with Bruising and Burning in Children

All children will go through a phase of having permanently bruised knees or shins! Parents often discover these at bath time when it is really too late to do anything about it. However, ifimage 8 How to Cope with Bruising and Burning in Children you are presented with a bump soon after it has happened gentle pressure and/or an ice pack can reduce the swelling and subsequent bruising. Smoothing on a little arnica cream (available from most pharmacies) can also help. If bruising occurs frequently without known injury make an appointment to see your doctor.

Knocks on the head or face cause local swelling which develops at an alarming rate into a bump which can be the size of a plum. This is frightening if you haven’t seen it happen before. Check for head injury symptoms and apply an ice pack (either ice cubes in a polythene bag placed in a tea towel or a packet of frozen peas in a tea towel!). The bump will slowly subside and leave a large bruise which will disappear over ten days or so.


Action plan…

  • Always treat a burn or scald with cold water.
  • If possible immerse the burned area in cold water for at least ten minutes.
  • Never apply any creams or greases.
  • If hot liquid has spilt on to clothing remove the clothing immediately if possible. If not, wet it with cool or cold water then try to remove it. You must act quickly to avoid severe burns.
  • If hands are affected do the same but then put the child’s hand in a clean polythene bag while you contact the doctor.
  • Apply clean wet wraps such as towels or even clingwrap to the burn while you transport the child to the surgery or casualty.
  • You should contact your doctor, practice nurse or casualty department immediately for all but the most minor scalds.

This article is a guide only – please seek advice from your medical advisor in all cases.

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