If your child has a nosebleed
Common causes of nosebleeds include:
- Dry air in the home
- Picking the nose often
- Blowing the nose often because of a cold or allergies
- Falling or being hit in the nose
If your child has a nosebleed:
- The child should remain sitting. When lying down, the child may swallow too much blood and vomit.
- Gently press the child's nostrils together with your fingers for at least 5 minutes. Do not release the pressure during that time to see if the bleeding has stopped.
- If the bleeding does not stop after 5 minutes, press the nostrils together for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Call your child's doctor if the nosebleed continues.
For a few days after a nosebleed:
- You may put a small amount of petroleum jelly just inside the child's nose. This will help keep the nose moist and prevent additional nosebleeds. Do not push the jelly up the nose.
- You may use a cool mist humidifier near the child's bed. This will keep the air moist and prevent additional nosebleeds.
- Keep your child's fingernails trimmed.