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Contusion in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a contusion?

A contusion is a bruise that appears on your child's skin after an injury. A bruise happens when small blood vessels tear but skin does not. Blood leaks into nearby tissue, such as soft tissue or muscle.

What increases my child's risk for a contusion?

What are the signs and symptoms of a contusion?

How is a contusion diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider may ask about any injuries, infections, or bleeding problems your child had. The provider will check the skin over the injured area. The provider may touch it to see where it hurts. The provider may also check for problems your child may have when he or she moves the bruised area. Your child may need any of the following:

How is a contusion treated?

Treatment may not be needed. The bruise may become lighter or change to green or yellow as it heals. Treatment for a more severe injury may include any of the following:

What may help my child's contusion heal?


How can a contusion be prevented?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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