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Ok, thanks for the reply
If he is not in your care 24/7 there is no way to know that he is not being physically assaulted...not necessarily by an adult, but other kids can be doing this. I am particularly suspicious of it since nothing was found to be abnormal so far.
If he is in daycare, I would take him out of this particular daycare and alert the owner(s) of what has happened and to be on the alert of other children whose parents might complain of the same thing happening.
If he is not in daycare, I would watch him closely and if continues to have bruising and you can account for his whereabouts 24/7, he will need to see a Hematologist for more specialized testing.
Ok, thanks for the added info...I can understand your frustration and remember I am only on the outside looking in...giving scenarios, if you will.
Sounds like it is time to see a Pediatric Hematologist. Some possible reason for unexplained bruising could include the following...
So, your correct that a real solution needs to be reached for your little guy. I would look for a Pediatric Hematologist in your area at one of the larger hospitals and let him/her take him under their care and find out what is going on.
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I also wanted to add that bruises will come not show up immediately after he is hit or kicked (say at daycare)....these may not be visable until some 10-24 hours later (explaination of why they may be noticed to appear "overnight"). So, I know you don't want to think the daycare (or the kids at the day care could be at fault here) but I would not 100% completely rule it out.
The stomach ache and headache are usually components of stress in 4 year olds.
Just don't completely rule out foul play until you get other answers from the specialist.
Signs and symptoms of HSP would look like tiny hemorrhages in the skin ..... tiny purple spots. It is basically an inflammation of the blood vessels and would not look like bruises. Joint pain is usually involved with HSP also. Also a fair number of children HSP would have kidney involvement as well.
Bruising on the tops of the ears could come from anything being thrown at his head and hitting the side of his head/ears.
HSP would look like this.... (tiny hemorrhages) This picture has been enlarged to show detail.
Just the above mentioned....I would definitely see the Hematologist.
Bruising is not normal, and at 4 years of age, he needs this looked into as soon as possible.
Good luck with him...and good luck to you and your ex-wife as well!