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Bruises occur when small blood vessels under your child's skin tear or rupture, most often from a twist, bump, or fall. Blood leaks into tissues under the skin and causes a black-and-blue colour that may become purplish black, reddish blue, or yellowish green as the bruise heals.
Rest and home treatment can help your child heal.
Your doctor may have taped the bruised finger to the one next to it or put a splint on the finger to keep it in position while it heals.
The doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your child's finger. If your child damaged bones or muscles, he or she may need more treatment.
Most bruises aren't serious and will go away on their own within 2 to 4 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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