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8 year old started bruising all over her body.

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My 8 year old daughter has recently started bruising all over her body. I am fully aware that a child her age is active and bruises are not uncommon, but hers are tiny like polka dots, on the backs of her legs,on her back, chin and wrists.I took her to her Ped. and he did a CBC and said the labs looked good. He said because of her "pale skin" and that she is so active could be why. My child has ALWAYS been pale, in fact i was concerned with her being anemic since she was 2 or 3 because of the dark eye circles that NEVER go away.I have been inspecting her body before she goes to bed just to find new ones in the morning. Also she has started complaining of headaches. She started Straterra for ADHD about 3 months ago but nothing on the internet says that easy bruising could be a side effect. Im worried, i know moms tend to over react but this is just not normal. Would something like Leukemia or even a blood disorder show up on a routine CBC?

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replied June 1st, 2011
Leukemia Answer A23633
In most cases, children with leukemia severe enough to cause extensive bruising and "paleness" due to anemia will generally have some abnormalities on a CBC test. However, if you believe that there has been a significant change in your daughter's easy bruising and pale skin color, recently, then you might want to have her seen by a Pediatric Hematologist.


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