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Nose bleeds

Nose; bleed; nosebleed; epistaxis; ;

Bleeding from the nose is common in children and is usually not severe. It usually stops with first aid treatment.

If bleeding is very heavy or does not stop with simple measures you need to take your child to a doctor or hospital emergency department.

What you can do

Simple first aid usually helps.

  • Sit the child up. Some children feel more comfortable leaning forward a little, others leaning back... do what seems best for your child.
  • Squeeze the soft part of the nose, just above the nostrils, firmly together with your finger and thumb (or the child can do this if she is old enough). Hold this for 10 minutes. Reassure your child and encourage her to breathe through her mouth while this is happening.
  • A cold cloth or cold pack over the forehead or the bridge (top part) of the nose sometimes helps.
  • If the bleeding does not stop or if it is very heavy take your child to a doctor.
  • Reassure the child, because crying can bring more blood to the face and make the bleeding worse.
  • Ask your child not to blow his nose for about half an hour after the nose bleed to help the clot become strong.
  • If the child just has one nose bleed, or maybe a couple on one day, and then no more, probably nothing further needs to be done, but if the nose bleeds go on happening, the cause for the bleeding needs to be found by a doctor and treated.

More about nose bleeds

Raising Children Network 

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