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Bruising

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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A bruise is a discolouration of skin. It is often painful or tender. It occurs when blood vessels are damaged, allowing blood to leak out. The blood then pools underneath the skin, causing the change in skin colour. Bruises can happen after injury. They can also occur spontaneously (meaning, without injury beforehand). Children who bruise spontaneously, or bruise following minimal injury, may have a bleeding disorder. Spontaneous bruises are also a feature of leukaemia (a form of cancer). Spontaneous bruises that occur in an unwell child (with symptoms such as fever and headache) may be a sign of meningitis and requires urgent medical care.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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