There are many common skin reactions in childhood, but rarely are they emergencies.  Read through the following information for clarity.  However, here are three skin findings worth calling about.

  1. Petechiae: Petechiae      are pinpoint reddish or purplish bruises. They do not lighten in color if the skin is stretched.  If these occur where a child was squeezed or bumped, it is understandable.  However, if these occur over much of the body or with no sign of      trauma, please call.
  2. Infection: If the area is painful, red, warm, spreading, and your child has a fever, call.
  3. Illness: If your child acts extremely ill and also has a rash, call us. (This is not time for the typical “viral rash” that can occur with cold symptoms.)

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  • Alger Pediatrics
    733 Alger St. SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49507