Stopping A Nosebleed

Nosebleeds are common, but they can be scary for a child. That being said, if they're not treated properly they could become a medical problem.

So when does a parent need to be concerned?

Pediatricians say if your child's nose begins bleeding, the first thing to do is to get them upright.

"Have the child sit down or stand with their head bent forward slightly. You don't want to tip the head back, then the blood drains down into the throat. It can cause choking. It ends up in their stomach and causes some discomfort, so it's better to tip the head forward," said Dr. Kim Giuliano with Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Giuliano says to avoid stuffing tissues or napkins in the nose.

She says it may absorb some of the blood, but could irritate the lining of the nose and cause the bleeding to re-start when it's removed.

Instead, apply pressure to the front, soft part of the nose- not up by the bridge because the blood vessels are located near the nostrils.

Keep the pressure consistent for at least 10 minutes, before checking to see if the bleeding has stopped.

"If you're taking your hand and the pressure off more frequently, it's going to take longer for the bleeding to stop, so check on it in about 10 minute intervals. At the 20 minute mark, if the bleeding is still continuing, then you need to contact your child's pediatrician."

Dr. Giuliano says it's also important not to panic.

She says if your child is not calm and crying, it could take longer to stop the bleeding.


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