Nosebleeds

Essential information to rememberIf your child has a nosebleed, have him sit down and lean his head forward slightly, pinch his nostrils, and maintain pressure for about 10 minutes.

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Nosebleeds are rare in babies, but common in older children.

Bleeding often occurs when the nose is irritated after a cold or when a child has put a finger or object in a nostril. Nosebleeds are generally harmless.

If your child is bleeding from the nose, follow these steps:

  • Reassure him.
  • Have him sit down and lean his head forward slightly.
  • Make sure he is breathing through the mouth.
  • If your child is able to blow his nose (rare in children under 2), have him blow it into a tissue to clear out any blood clots.
  • Pinch his nostrils, just below the bony part of his nose, between your thumb and index finger.
  • Maintain constant pressure for about ten minutes; that should stop the bleeding.
  • If bleeding persists, contact a doctor.