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Indications of a hematoma

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About 6 weeks ago my 6-month old daughter bumped her forehead against my wife's and a bump (about 8 mm x 8 mm) formed just above her left eyebrow. We didn't think much of it and thought it would go down by itself. A few weeks went by, the bump was still present and started to turn purple/red. It felt hard when I pressed it. Her pediatrician said it may be a cyst and told us not to push on it. Now the purple/red has gone down to just light red and the bump has flattened a bit (about 1 cm x 1 cm) but it still feels hard when I pressed it.

Is this something we should be concerned with? It has been 6 weeks and I am getting a bit worried. Should I put cold or hot compress on it? Or just take her to dermatologist or other specialist?

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replied May 24th, 2010
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Given the data you provided (bump on forehead 8x8mm above left eyebrow that went red/purple within several weeks, feeling hard when pressed, purple/red disappeared a little few weeks later and the bump became smaller), your daughter might have developed a small hematoma.

Hematoma is a collection of blood from the blood vessels that is usually caused by hemorrhage. This condition is commonly called a bruise. The reason that the bump turned red/purple after so many days might be because there are a lot of blood vessels around the eyebrow. However, there is nothing to be worried about. The blood would be absorbed in time and nothing would be left. If the bump becomes increasingly painful, or hot when touched, then it might have become inflamed and need additional treatment by your family doctor whom you are advised to visit.

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