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Internal injuries and bleeding: Signs to watch for in children

Young children have no way to tell you exactly how they feel after an accident or injury. It may be very clear to you that your 1-year-old is injured, but he or she can't put the issues into words. Even older children, who have a far better command of their language skills, often struggle to really explain how they feel or what is wrong.

External injuries often aren't hard to spot. Internal injuries, though, can go unnoticed if you don't know what signs to look for. If your child is dealing with internal bleeding, some of the symptoms could include:

  • Swelling in the abdominal region
  • Internal pain and discomfort
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Fainting
  • Tightness and localized swelling
  • Ecchymosis, which is an area of skin that turns a deep purple

If the internal bleeding is on the brain, the child could lose consciousness, complain about headaches and even have a seizure.

Some of these symptoms, like deep purple skin, you can observe on your own. With others, such as headaches and abdominal pain, you may have to listen to what your child tells you or indicates to you through their physical actions. Either way, though, they're not going to tell you that they may have internal bleeding. You need to understand the seriousness of these symptoms, know what they could mean and seek medical help immediately if you suspect that your child has suffered a serious internal injury.

If someone else caused that injury through negligence or carelessness, you may also want to know what options you have to seek out financial compensation to cover those medical costs.

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