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Can applying an ice pack to a child's bumped forehead have any negative consequences?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Tissue injury
The skin directly under the ice pack may suffer cold induced damage.
A buffer of any conductive material like cloth,vinyl,plastic, etc. can reduce the damage and frequent observation of the site is important. Blood flow through the skin surface is necessary to avoid cold damage and easy to verify by lifting the ice pack.

In brief: Tissue injury
The skin directly under the ice pack may suffer cold induced damage.
A buffer of any conductive material like cloth,vinyl,plastic, etc. can reduce the damage and frequent observation of the site is important. Blood flow through the skin surface is necessary to avoid cold damage and easy to verify by lifting the ice pack.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. David Reddell
Pediatrics
In brief: No.
Always put something, such as a washcloth between the ice pack and the skin.
Don't keep it on longer than about 5 minutes at a time. Tylenol (acetaminophen) by mouth may help. If there is loss of consciousness, worsening headache, or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.

In brief: No.
Always put something, such as a washcloth between the ice pack and the skin.
Don't keep it on longer than about 5 minutes at a time. Tylenol (acetaminophen) by mouth may help. If there is loss of consciousness, worsening headache, or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.
Dr. David Reddell
Dr. David Reddell
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