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.
Calm your child and let him or her know you can help.
Pinch the nostrils together for five to 10 minutes without checking to see if bleeding has stopped.
Have your child sit up and lean forward to avoid swallowing blood.
Apply ice or a cold water compress to the bridge of the nose.
If bleeding does not stop, try the above steps one more time.
Do not pack your child's nose with tissues or gauze.
Specific treatment for nosebleeds, that require more than minor treatment at home, will be determined by your child's physician. In general, call your child's physician for nosebleeds if:
You are unable to stop the nosebleed or if it recurs.
Your child also has a nose injury that may indicate a more serious problem (such as a fractured nose or other trauma to the head).
There is a large amount or rapid loss of blood.
Your child feels faint, weak, ill, or has trouble breathing.
Your child has bleeding from other parts of the body (such as in the stool, urine, or gums) or bruises easily.
A foreign body is stuck in your child's nose.
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