A bruise means that a child is just rambunctious, right?
Possibly, but some bruising can signify something much more serious: child abuse.
“Bruises are the most overlooked sign of abuse,” said Stephen A. Wright, M.D., medical director of Kosair Children’s Hospital and chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. “A huge myth is that this bruising is obvious and matches the size of an adult hand. The reality is that serious conditions that occur as a result of abuse are often indicated by small, subtle bruises.”