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Babysitting: Dealing With Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds mostly happen in the winter when the air is dry. They can be scary, but kids actually get them a lot. Most nosebleeds will stop on their own and usually aren't serious.

What to Do

If a child has a nosebleed:

  • Sit the child up with the head tilted slightly forward. Do not have the child lean back (this may cause gagging, coughing, or vomiting).
  • Pinch the soft part of the nose just below the bony part. Pinch for at least 10 minutes.

Call for medical care immediately if a child has a nosebleed that:

  • will not stop bleeding after pinching for 10 minutes
  • makes the child dizzy or pale
  • resulted from a fall or head injury
  • is caused by something put inside the child's nose

Contact the child's parents only after you've called for help.

To help prevent nosebleeds:

  • Encourage kids to not pick their noses.
  • Ask the parent if the child has nosebleeds often and what triggers them.
  • Ask the parent if the child is taking a medication that may cause nosebleeds.

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: October 2010

Kids Health

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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