If 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.