Bruises, sprains and strains are known as soft tissue injuries.
An accident - even a simple twist or light fall - can cause a bruise, strain or sprain.
There is evidence that ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) is helpful to reduce swelling.
Call your health care provider if:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic