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Bruise in hips, ankles, heels. What is it?

My question is concerning my seven year old son. For years now he has had bruising on both hips. My husband had these as well when he was young. The bruises have been dismissed due to the fact that my son is incredibly slender...essentially, his hips are quite prominent with little to no "padding" surrounding them. My present concern is regarding recent bruises appearing on both of his ankles and the backs of both of his heels. No injury has occurred to either ankle or heel and his shoes do not even hit the areas that show the bruising. I honestly don't know what to think. Should I be concerned, should I schedule an appt with his pediatrician,...? Thank you so much for your time!
Whitney S.
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Hi thanks for posting here.A bruise is a black-and-blue mark caused by bleeding into the skin from damaged blood vessels. Many children older than one year of age develop bruises associated with accidental injury and physical activity.Most bruises are not a cause for concern Bruises may be abnormal if they occur spontaneously without explanation, if they are in other places than the lower legs (“unexplained” bruises on the shins are usually normal because children often bump this area and then forget that they bumped it), if they are larger than a quarter in size, and if they are lumpy rather than flat.
Bruises may also be abnormal if they are larger than expected for the degree of injury. Abnormal bruising occurs if there is:
A low level of platelets, A low level of clotting factor,Very weak skin ,inherited bleeding disorders,so it will be better you consult a paediatrician and go for detailed evaluation of your child.Take care.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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