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Suggest treatment for bruising around lower spine in a 3 years child

My 3 year old son has faint bruising around his lower spine. He has had it for about 1-2 months. It does appear that the bruises heal and then start new, not always in the same exact spot. I can not think of anything that would be causing it, such as a chair, car seat etc. Should I be concerned?
Mon, 6 Jul 2015
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It sounds as if there is occasional bleeding which can be sign of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic purpura.Bruises are caused when blood vessels are damaged or broken as a result of skin injury. Blood leaks from these injured blood vessels into surrounding tissues resulting in a bruise. It is the body’s response to the injury. Medically termed contusion, bruises could develop due to a lot of things ranging from ageing to nutritional deficiencies and effects medications to serious conditions like hemophilia and cancer.In your case I would do a CBC, Platelet count, Bleeding time 7 clotting time and decide after reaching a diagnosis. I think I have explained all the causes and would ask you to consult your doctor and get back to me.
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