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FIRST AID tips: BUMPS & BRUISES


Running, jumping, bumping into furniture or into a soccer opponent can cause bumps and bruises that can be treated easily with these tips:

Chill out

  • Sudden impact causes small blood vessels below your skin to break, causing the blood to seep into tissues. Applying cold compresses immediately after the injury helps with swelling. Apply 15 minutes at a time throughout the day for the first 24 to 48 hours. Elevate the area, if possible. Acetaminophen works for pain—but avoid ibuprofen and aspirin, which can prolong bleeding.

Check for scrapes

  • If the skin is broken, wash gently with warm water and mild soap, then apply a bandage.

See a doctor

  • If you or your child was knocked out, even for a brief moment, or shows possible signs of a concussion over the next 24-48 hours.

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Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.

 

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