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Old 07-23-2009, 02:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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MY family is really light skinned, and my kids have black and blue marks on their legs that Never disappear. Their legs look really ugly, so they don't wear shorts, only pants. They come from normal bumps, nothing unusual.

Can they be missing vitamins? Is it just because of their skin color?

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I would start by getting their platelets checked. This might be an indication of a low count.
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They literally never go away? Or do they just take a while to disappear?

I bruise pretty easily but the bruises do disappear. When I had bunion surgery, my whole foot was one solid bruise and it lasted over a month but it did eventually go away.

The doctor thought the foot bruising was unusual and he was asking me if I get nose bleeds or if I've ever had trouble stopping bleeding from a cut or anything. Do your children have either of those issues?
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The bruises never go away? Are you sure they are bruises?

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My kids legs are bruised, it takes months and months - really to go away.

They do not bleed easily, or nose bleed ever.

How do I get their platelets checked?

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You would have to get their blood drawn to get their platelets checked. Low platelets is called thrombocytopenia. You might want to do some research on that and see if you really think that's it. I can't see how all 3 of your children would have the same thing? I bet it's probably just that they bruise easily and they are noticeable due to their skin tone.

I found a page on things that are supposed to help bruising http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_bruis.htm
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If the platelets are low it could be a sign of some sort of nutritional deficiency, therefore if could happen to all at the same time.

We once got sick with dengue. Our platelets became low and we were able to get them back up with this recipe: (serves 2 adults, for children you can serve the amount of juice that they usually drink)

1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup of freshly made carrot juice (we used a juicer)
1/2 cup of freshly made beet juice (also with a juicer)

We mixed it all together and served each child the amount that they were willing to drink. They loved this juice so we often ended up making more.
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