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