Nosebleeds-Scary But Not

10 May

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Nosebleeds are very scary for parents…Let’s just get that out there to get started.  However, there are very, very few nosebleeds that actually have concerning causes.

The most common causes of nose-bleeds are: dry air and nose-picking (sometimes both).

Many children will have allergic runny nose which will actually dry out the tissue inside the nose.  This dry tissue is very fragile and will crack and bleed with minor trauma or picking.  Because the tissue is so fragile and very well supplied with blood vessels, it will bleed like crazy.

Stopping a Bleeding Nose

1) Hold the soft part of the nose just below the bridge for FIVE minutes without stopping.  Every time you stop to check if it has stopped, you make it start again because the cracks pull apart.

2) Do not have the child lie back or tilt your head back unless you think they would like the taste and feel of swallowed blood in their stomach.  This doesn’t do anything to help the bleeding stop.

3) If it is still bleeding after 5 minutes, it can be helpful to put something cold over the nose to help constrict the blood vessels.

4) If after using these tips you cannot control the bleeding, you should present to your doctor or the ER as soon as possible.

Preventing Frequent Nose Bleeds

The main treatments are based on the fact that the tissue inside the nose is dry.

1) Run a humidifier in the room with the child

2) Spray nasal saline spray or put vaseline in the nose to moisten the tissue

3) Clip the child’s nails short and smooth so that if they do pick, it is less likely to cause trauma

Final Point of Concern

If you child is having frequent nose bleeds with any other concerning signs: fever, weight loss, easy bruising or small red dots all over them, please notify your doctor so they can evaluate your child for more serious problems that could be causing the nose bleeds.


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