Fifteen-minute consultation: Bruising in the premobile child

Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2023 Apr;108(2):80-85. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-321661. Epub 2021 Sep 6.


A bruise in a premobile infant is an uncommon finding and often results in referral to the paediatric or emergency departments, acknowledging the potential for physical abuse in this vulnerable cohort. Our role as clinicians is to undertake a thorough assessment, consider potential differentials and organise appropriate investigations, with involvement of the wider multidisciplinary team. In this article, we use a case vignette to discuss how one would approach a bruise in the premobile infant including the evidence base.

Keywords: child abuse; social work.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse* / diagnosis
  • Contusions* / diagnosis
  • Contusions* / etiology
  • Contusions* / therapy
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Physical Abuse
  • Referral and Consultation