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Scalp Contusion in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

A scalp contusion is a bruise on your child's scalp. There is bleeding under the scalp, but the skin is not broken. Your child may have swelling at the site of the bruise. The bruise may take up to 7 days to heal.


Home care:

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or pediatrician as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Contact your child's healthcare provider or pediatrician if:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Return to the emergency department or call 911 if:

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