Kids and Springtime Bruises and ScrapesSaturday, February 15th, 2020, 5:30 am
The winter was cool and breezy, and the children didn’t have as much time to play outdoors as they do the rest of the year. But soon spring will be upon us, and children everywhere will be begging to play outside every minute of daylight.
You can’t be there for your child the entire time they are outside. There is no way to keep them from getting hurt from time to time, and every child gets bumps, bruises, and scrapes that need nothing more than some basic first aid, sometimes more than once a day.
But there are some indicators that a bruise or scrape needs additional medical treatment. Here are some situations in which you might need to see a doctor.
- If a bruise becomes larger overnight or is accompanied by swelling, tenderness, or redness around the bruise, you need to see a doctor immediately. There could be a fractured bone or damaged joint.
- When a scrape does not begin to heal after a few days or if it becomes inflamed, this could be a sign of infection, which can be common with scrapes that occur outside where there are a lot of environmental factors that can contribute to infection.
- If a scrape is accompanied by a puncture wound or cut that will not stop bleeding, you need to see a doctor right away. If the cut stops bleeding but doesn’t begin to close and heal within a couple of days, you need to see a doctor, also.
Knowing what to do when your child gets hurt is important. You must stay calm so that they, too, remain calm and compliant. Whenever you are in doubt, always take your child to see a doctor to be on the safe side. We are available as a walk in urgent care center, even on weekends and have longer than normal business hours. Contact us anytime or walk in for an immediate appointment.