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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Jo | 2006/11/09

Q.

Blood spots of face???

My 15 month old son came home from the daymother with tiny blood spots on his face, I took him to my GP who told me it is petechiae. He had no other symtoms, does not have a temp or etc, except for a stuffy nose. I however did notice a bump on his head, where he had obviously fell. These spots look like they are fading and have not spread any where else. I called my pead about this and she advised me tp take him for blood tests. I have been on the net looking up petechiae and i am frightened by what i have read. please give me your opinion on this. I am not sure whether it could have been from the fall or should i go with the blood tests to rule out any other illness. He is however on purbac for a renal reflux, could this have an effect on his blood that will cause petechiae? I also want to know if it is hereditary as i have these blood spots on my body as well as small neaves.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am always concerned about a petechial rash anywhere on a child's body as this can be a sign of meningitis or of a platelet deficiency in the blood. The rash can also be due to Purbac which has the tendency to cause allergic reactions. The other reason I am concerned is the question as to why he has the bump on his head and the rash. Is this simply due to a fall or is there some other reason for this-such as a non-accidental injury?
For all of these reasons it is absolutely essential that your son is examined by your paediatrician and the appropriate tests are sent off.

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