Does your redhead bruise more???

Alisha - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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i ahve 3 children and my redhead bruises so much! does anyone else have this issue? is it cuz of fare skin? im lost with whats goin on as she has tons and it really worries me :( help anyone

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my daughter is a redhead and we've noticed that too but we've also noticed that she's rough when she plays and fair skin seems to show off more of the bumps/bruises/redness at first then nonfair skin. My mom is fair skinned...not a red head and she shows every single bruise or red spot like her granddaughter.

Christiane - posted on 06/28/2010

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Naturally red hair has its perks, but unfortunately the genes associated with it (particular variants of melanocortin receptor-1 gene or MC1R) also seem to be connected with increased risk of some health problems, especially in women.
Red Hair and Skin Cancer Risk

People with red hair usually have a fair skin that does not tolerate sunlight well. Thus it may not be surprising that red hair seems to increase the risk for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Redheads should be especially keen on protecting their skin and looking out for signs of possible malignancies.

One study found infertile red-haired women significantly more likely to have endometriosis compared to infertile women of other hair colors, but as there were only 12 redheads, this could have been merely coincidental. Another study found that multiple sclerosis may be more common in red-headed women, but similar association was not found for men.
Red Hair and Surgical Operations

Red hair seems to be associated with several factors that may complicate surgical operations: lower pain tolerance, lower efficacy of local anaesthesia and some sedatives as well as possibly increased risk of bleeding.

A 2005 study found that pain perception and pain tolerance were otherwise similar in women with red hair and women with dark hair, but redheads were more sensitive to cold pain and heat pain. Subcutaneous lidocaine (the local anaesthetic commonly used in dental operations) was significantly less effective in relieving pain in the redheads.

In one study the hypnotic drug midazolam caused significantly less sedation for red-headed volunteers compared to those with other hair colors. Midazolam is commonly used as a sedative before e.g. colonoscopy and dental operations, because it induces a degree of amnesia, reducing possible traumatic memories of the operation.

Redheads have been claimed to be more prone to bleeding complications in surgery compared to people with other hair colors. A 2006 study set out to find whether this is true. Interestingly redheads reported significantly more bruising, but no differences in laboratory testing for several factors associated with coagulation could be found compared to people with dark hair.

References

Raimondi S, Sera F, Gandini S, et al. MC1R variants, melanoma and red hair color phenotype: a meta-analysis. Int J Cancer. 2008 Jun 15;122(12):2753-60.

Woodworth SH, Singh M, Yussman MA, et al. A prospective study on the association between red hair color and endometriosis in infertile patients. Fertil Steril. 1995 Sep;64(3):651-2.

Dwyer T, van der Mei I, Ponsonby AL, et al. Melanocortin 1 receptor genotype, past environmental sun exposure, and risk of multiple sclerosis. Neurology. 2008 Aug 19;71(8):583-9.

Liem EB, Joiner TV, Tsueda K, et al. Increased sensitivity to thermal pain and reduced subcutaneous lidocaine efficacy in redheads. Anesthesiology. 2005 Mar;102(3):509-14.

Chua MV, Tsueda K, Doufas AG. Midazolam causes less sedation in volunteers with red hair. Can J Anaesth. 2004 Jan;51(1):25-30.

Liem EB, Hollensead SC, Joiner TV, et al. Women with red hair report a slightly increased rate of bruising but have normal coagulation tests. Anesth Analg. 2006 Jan;102(1):313-8.

Read more at Suite101: Red Hair - What Medical Research Says about It: Hair Color May Affect Your Pain Tolerance and Cancer Risk http://healthcare-research.suite101.com/...

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Heather - posted on 09/01/2013

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I spanked my red head today and she bruised :( I feel horrible. I used my hand on her bottom and somehow it still left a mark! I'm lost and feel horrible. I can't say sorry enough to her. She almost never gets spankings. I didn't use excessive force or anything. I'm always super careful when my girls need spankings. My middle daughter who is a blonde has no marks but my 8 year old does. Could it he the fare skin and red hair make it easier to bruise? Whih obviously would mean I can't spank her, without it looking like I abuse my children? Any advice would be great. I'm lost here, ive never left a mark before so I feel absolutely terrible!!!

Jayne - posted on 07/15/2011

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I feed my kids lots of green and leafy veggies (ie spinach - pureed in spaghetti sauce) to increase the amount of Vit K they get. It seems to help with the bruising. Makes the blood clot faster, I think.

Kaley - posted on 08/22/2010

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I have a red head son, that looks as if he is abused! the littlest bump and he has a bruise that gets bigger than the actual bump size and it takes weeks to go away. my other son has brown hair and i have no problems. i sure wish i knew what to do to help

Shannon - posted on 07/03/2010

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i did burn more then my sister did as kids and when i had my baby the dr told me that i bled a little more than most because i was a red head and it is because we have thinner membranes.

Alisha - posted on 07/03/2010

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thank you all for the tips..i took her in and we r now waiting to get the results back but in the mean time i had her eyes checked and well guess what she needs glasses so that im sure is the cuz of it

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Yep a doctor visit is always good to rule out anything serious etc more than likely its from playing around but as you said its better to be safe than sorry and thats what our docs are there for.:-)best of luck to you guys.

Andrea - posted on 06/29/2010

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I'm a red head and very fair skin I do fairly easy but I can say if it more than other. My 10 month old has red hair and she has more bruise than I remember seeing on my other childeren at her age but that could be she more daring then the other were. If your concerned about it I would call the dr, my thought I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Karla - posted on 06/28/2010

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Bruises on fair skinned people are more visible but I would check with a doctor just to be safe, about the constant bruising.

Alisha - posted on 06/28/2010

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well we are going to go to the walk in to get looked at. . will make me feel that much better when they say its cuz of her skin tone and that she is just clumby ! better to be save the sorry

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i'm a redhead and i definitely bruise more than people with ther hair colours I know and I am fair. My son is a redhead and he doesn't bruise that easily, but he is not fair skinned. So I think it has to do with the complexion

Emilie - posted on 06/28/2010

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My daughter has dark hair and she is not fare skined. She always has bruises all up and down her legs. Maybe it is because she don't have alot of protein and don't eat much, so maybe I think that affects her.

Alisha - posted on 06/28/2010

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ok. . yeah im taking her to the dr and asking for bloodwork to be done. . just in cause

Iridescent - posted on 06/28/2010

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Request a hemoglobin test be done. They can be done with a simple finger prick now! :)

Alisha - posted on 06/28/2010

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thanx everyone. . .however my daughter just doesn't have bruises on her legs and arms. . the are all over her body. . .sooo worries me!

Iridescent - posted on 06/28/2010

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My redhead has the same amount of bruises as all 4 of her siblings, and she's on heparin and a very low protein diet so can't make the platelets/blood cells as easily as the others. I think it's more to do with them having fair skin, causing any bruise to be more visible.

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Not sure if its because they have red hair but my five year old daughter who has beautiful fiery red hair is so active and throws herself around lol when playing so the bruises are from that..i was sandy blonde when a kid and always had brusies from the doing the same thing..even my doc asked me what was up with the amount of them i had lol..so i think its more to do with how active the are etc.

Joanna - posted on 06/28/2010

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MY little redheaded girl always has bruises up and down her legs, ever since she started walking. But I was a strawberry blonde baby but didn't stay red, and I have fair skin, but I don't bruise any more easily than anyone else I know. So it could be true, but I don't know.

Amy - posted on 06/28/2010

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I bruise fairly easily and I'm redheaded when I was younger I used to have bruises that would just appear out of no where. Just like Jennifer's dr mine says we bleed more but I also have never had a problem with that. My son has red hair, I don't think he has an excessive amount of bruises but he's also very reserved....but when he does have them everyday I have hear about it because it's the end of the world for him!

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My redhead does he bruises like a peach - but as he's my hubby I don't tend to worry about his bruises lol.

It could be down to their fair skin but again it could just be that some people bruise easier than others. If you are concerned I would take him to see the doctor - he can reassure you it is normal and if it is not he can treat it as neccessary.

Jennifer - posted on 06/28/2010

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sopposedly that is true - but I am a redhead and I don't but supposedly we bleed more which I also don't and we scar more - that I do!

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