Bruise age dating chart

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Featured Image from DECORIALAB In a study on The LIFE CYCLE of Bruises in Adults, there where two overwhelming conclusions.Firstly, that 90% of all bruises will occur on your extremities, being your arms and legs.Bruises seen in infants, especially on the face and buttocks, are more suspicious and should be considered nonaccidental until proven otherwise.Injuries to children's upper arms (caused by efforts to defend themselves), the trunk, the front of their thighs, the sides of their faces, their ears and neck, genitalia, stomach, and buttocks are also more likely to be associated with nonaccidental injuries.The second fact was that one cannot reliably predict the age of a bruise based on it’s colour.What you can predict from the colour of the bruise, is which stage of healing it is in.Bruising is the earliest and most visible sign of child abuse.Early identification of bruises resulting from child abuse can allow for intervention and prevent further abuse.

This blood is bright red because it is full of both iron and oxygen.The bright blood in a bruise does not stay red for long.This stage of having a bright red mark may be so brief that it may be gone before you even notice it. This darkening of the bruise takes place as the blood under the skin looses it’s oxygen.This process is a great step, as the break down of iron is the stimulus that your body needs to respond to the injury and trigger the clean up process.There is no oxygen left in the blood and the red blood cells have also started to die and break down.If you can’t wait that long, here is our ITP guide to COVERING UP bruises with colour matched concealers…

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