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Cause of red, swollen bruise on the face of an infant - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   my daughter is 4 months old and has what appears to be a bruise on her face with a red swollen area that seems to be growing and we do not believe she ever hit her face.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is the bruise blanching on pressure?
Doctor :   When did she have it?
User :   the bruise is small compared to the swelling in the red area it appeared 2 days ago and seems warm to the touch
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What color was it before and what color is it now?
User :   the bruise was a dark color and looks like it is lightening up, the red appears to be getting brighter. When you touch it, it doesn't seem to bother her.
User :   dark like a blue
Doctor :   Then I suggest that you leave it for a couple of days. If it is increasing in size or not darkening and if it is hurting her, then take her to a Pediatrician or GP.
User :   should I worry about infection due to the warmness of that area of skin
Doctor :   She may have hit herself against a cradle or a pram and it might have bruised.
Doctor :   The fact that she is not hurting there probably rules out an infection.

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