Nosebleeds can be a scary occurrence, but are usually not dangerous. The medical term for nosebleed is epistaxis. They are fairly common in children, especially in dry climates or during the winter months when dry heat inside homes and buildings can cause drying, cracking, or crusting inside the nose. Many times, children outgrow the tendency for nosebleeds during their teenage years.
The front part of the nose contains many fragile blood vessels that can be damaged easily. Most nosebleeds in children occur in the front part of the nose close to the nostrils.
Nosebleeds are caused by many factors, but some of the most common causes include the following:
If your child has frequent nosebleeds, some general guidelines to help prevent nosebleeds from occurring include the following:
See your child's physician for treatment of allergies that may contribute to frequent nosebleeds.
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