Ask your Charlotte pediatrician about nosebleeds

Ask your Charlotte pediatrician about nosebleeds

Dealing with a child's nose bleeding can be unnerving. According to the Mayo Clinic, a nosebleed occurs when the small veins in the nose lining bursts.

A vein can rupture because your child has picked their nose, has blown their nose too hard, has knocked their nose horsing around or has put something up their nose. There also are other medical causes for nosebleeds. Regardless, nosebleeds are generally harmless.

Here are a few tips to treat your child’s nosebleed:

Stay calm. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, an agitated person will bleed even more aggressively. So stay calm to help prevent your child from panicking.

Take a seat. Have your child sit upright and lean forward. This posture reduces blood pressure in the veins of the nose and will help to keep blood from running down your child's throat.

Pinch the nose. Using your thumb and index finger pinch your child's nose, remind your child to breathe through their mouth. Keep a firm grip and continuing holding your child's nose for 10 minutes, in which time the bleeding should have stopped.

Prevent new episodes. Don’t allow your child to pick or blow their nose. Try to keep them from bending over and have them keep their head above their heart. If another episode of bleeding occurs, have the child blow forcefully to clear the nose, then spray both sides of the nose with a decongestant spray, pinch again and then call your doctor.

Go to the doctor. Seek care from your Charlotte pediatrician if your child’s nosebleed lasts more than 20 minutes or if the nosebleed occurs after a fall or injury that may have resulted in a broken nose or a facial or head fracture.

PREVENTION

  • Keep the lining of your child’s nose moist by applying a light coat of petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment three times a day.
  • Keep your child’s fingernails short in case the child feels the urgency to scratch their nose.
  • Keep the air around your child moist with a humidifier.
  • Use a saline nasal spray.
  • Quit smoking. Contaminants in the air can irritate the child’s nasal passages.

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