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Child has 6 or 7 small bruises on legs and cold hands and feet. should i be concerned about anemia? he is otherwise fine (no fever, no nosebleeds, etc).

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Dr. Philip Miller
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YES: Have child see pediatrician for further evaluation and blood testing.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Bruises/cold hands/f: These are not usual signs of anemia but if you have concerns; have him examined. All the best.
Dr. Yelena Kipervas
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Reassurance : Toddlers and kids younger than 10-12 years old usually have small bruises on leg without any blood abnormality. Cold hand and feet have nothing to do with anemia. All symptoms consider ford usual/ normal condition for kids.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Expected patterns: Bruising along the front surface of the lower legs (knee to ankle) and outer surface of the forearms is pretty common in active kids.These are in areas over bones that often come in contact with furniture/obstacles in active kids. It has nothing to do with anemia.Cold hands and or feet doesn't either. If he acts fine/eats fine/ I would expect that he is fine...let him be.

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