It actually could have started from the cold or flu...I was told it could be any kind of illness that could trigger this. My son ended up just fine but they monitored his labs...they told me it would resolve on its own but watched his platelet count. He had never had any kind of major illness then, and none since.
I would take her ASAP and get some labs done, even if it's late. A very low platelet count can cause bleeding, even internal. My son, who had these bruises too and we were on vacation when it got bad (but before I sought treatment) fell and hit his head on the concrete at a swiming pool. To this day I cringe thinking about that, because he could have easily developed a head bleed from this.
Please get it checked ASAP...and let us know how it turns out. I hope it isn't anything serious, but a low platelet count, if that is what is it, can be very dangerous, especially with a young child who is active.
I was thinking it wasn't something serious either at first, but something just wasn't right...just like you are thinking now. I remember that so well. But when I found out what it really was, I was horrified and felt alot of guilt that I didn't take him in sooner. I also was worried I would be accused of abuse, and they did ask me in the ER if I hit him, which really hurt my feelings, but I know they have to ask these things...and then they drew labs and his platelet count was 16,000...and his bruises by that time were actually getting better. But I just felt awful, felt like I should have had him looked at much sooner than I did.
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You know, now that I think about it- at the end of her cold/earache which may have been flu- it lasted about a week and a half- she had a 24 hour stomach flu. I forgot about it because it resolved so quickly. I wonder if this is the same thing? Sounds like her immune system may be a little off from fighting off the viruses last month. This is scary stuff - she is usually really healthy. The little bruises all over sounds just like what's going on with her. She has some dramatic bruises that are obviously where she bonker her leg or whatever- but then on her trunk, hips back there are these smaller bruises that I can't imagine what she would have done to get a bruise there, you know?
What did they do for your son? How did it resolve itself?