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Petechiae (Child)

Petechiae are very small red spots that are flat on the skin, not raised. They often appear very quickly.  Petechiae usually occur on the arms, legs, stomach, and buttocks. They don’t itch. The spots may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Petechiae that continue to grow and run together may indicate a bleeding disorder. Petechiae may also be caused by a reaction to a medication.

Treatment involves finding and treating the cause of the spots. Petechiae caused by an infection or drugs eventually go away on their own without treatment. They do not leave scars.

Home Care:

Medications: Follow any advice the doctor gives you. This may include changing your child’s medication. However, do not start or stop any medications without a doctor’s advice.

General Care:

  1. Check your child’s spots regularly for changes. The spots may turn purple as they fade and go away.

  2. Contact the doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health.

Follow Up

as advised by the doctor or our staff.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C)

  • Increase in number or size of petechiae or merging of petechiae

  • Long streaks under a nail bed

  • Unexplained or continuing bruising

 

 
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