Sources: Papers On Health

For slight bruises, such as children frequently get by

falling, a little butter or vaseline, applied immediately, is an

excellent remedy. For more serious injuries, such as bruised nails of

the fingers or toes, or such as result from violent knocks on any part,

the best remedy is hot fomentation or hot bathing, whichever may be

most convenient in application. Persistent and repeated treatment in

this way, with oil dressing, will cure in almost any case not so severe

as to be beyond remedy. Even where it is thought wise to send for a

surgeon, this bathing is the proper first treatment, and will do much

to relieve the inevitable pain.