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Granddaughter was hit in the back by a hit softball ...

inbetween the spine and scapula...
granddaughter was hit in the back by a hit softball ... inbetween the spine and scapula - not on either bone. Area is developing a large bruise. Immediate first aid was ice the area.
What should be done overnight to prevent excess brusing or steffening. Keep area loose
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We have been experiencing technical difficulties with the chat system.

As long as she is not having any problems breathing, moving her arm, having any neck pain or other systemic issues then she should be OK.

I would place ice on the area for the first 24 to 36 hours being careful not to let the skin get to cold. You may also want to wrap that area with an ace bandage.

She might be more comfortable sleeping in a large reclining chair tonight rather then flat on a bed. For pain I would recommend age appropriate children's tylenol or something like that.

Nothing you do will make the bruise go away faster. As a matter of fact it may spread some and it will changes colors as it reabsorbs.

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Kids are pretty tough and she may not even be that sore or stiff in the morning. This, of course, would not be the case if it were you or me who got smacked by that softball ;-)
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago
she's a tough kid. She's in a 128 team tournament ... what can she do to limit stiffness? Area is back just above bra line so tough to hold with ace ... should she keep moving area or not
Is she having any pain or stiffness now?
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago
Pain yes ... local. Minor stiffness. What about Amica?
Then I'd not do any type of special exercises or limit her activity or movement in any special way. I'd just use the ice packs as needed and not worry too much.

I bet she will be fine and help take her team to Victory :)

I'm not familiar with Amica.

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PS. Thanks for the info on Arnica. I reviewed data about it and that should be OK to put on your granddaughters bruised area tonight.
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