Most nosebleeds aren’t serious, but it can be a scare when your kiddo seems to have them regularly. We’ve all heard the horrible stories of how frequent nosebleeds can be signs of underlying serious problems.
Here are a few things to keep in mind, and when to see a doctor.
Seek emergency medical care if nosebleeds:
- Follow a serious injury, such as a car wreck
- Interfere with breathing
- Last longer than 30 minutes, even with compression
- Involve a greater than expected amount of blood
- Occur regularly in children less than 2 years of age
Tips to help prevent nosebleeds include:
- Trimming your child’s fingernails. Yep. Kids pick their noses. That’s a big reason nosebleeds happen in kiddos! Keeping nails short will help from scratching the sensitive membranes of the nose.
- Use a humidifier. This part of the country is especially dry – leading to nosebleeds for many. A humidifier will counteract the effects of the dry air by adding moisture.
- Keep the lining of the nose moist. Talk to your doctor about his or her best choice, but saline nasal spray is a good choice to help moisten dry nasal membranes.
Steps for stopping a nosebleed:
- Sit upright and lean forward. By sitting upright, blood pressure is reduced in the veins of the nose, thus reducing further bleeding. Sitting forward alleviates swallowing blood, which can irritate the stomach.
- Gently blow your nose. This will clear out any clotted blood. Spray a nasal decongestant in the nose.
- Pinch your nose. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch both nostrils shut, even if only one side is bleeding. Breathe through your mouth. Continue to pinch for 5 to 10 minutes. This will put pressure on the bleeding point on the nasal septum ad often stops the flow of blood.
- Repeat. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after performing above steps; repeat all steps for a total of 15 minutes.
Keep in mind, nosebleeds are common – especially in our dry, windy part of the country. However, it’s good to talk to your doctor if your child is having frequent nosebleeds, especially if they’re always difficult to stop them easily.