Children often get nosebleeds, but there are quick remedies that parents should know to stop it. The only time parents need to be on high alert about a nosebleed is when their child’s nose does not stop bleeding even after they have tried the usual methods to stop it.
This is when parents need to contact a pediatrician to seek their assistance on what to do next. The pediatrician will examine your child’s nosebleed, tell you the cause, and provide you with information on how to prevent it.
Why Do Nosebleeds Occur?
- Nasal injury
- Blowing or picking their nose too roughly
- Hay fever, allergies, or sinusitis
- Hot and dry weather
- High elevations from ground
- Fall or blow to the head
- Broken nose
- Nasal surgery
- Tumor in your child’s nasal cavity
- Hemophilia, a condition, which prevents the blood from clotting
If your child’s nose starts to bleed profusely and you are unable to stop it, you can take other measures at home to stop it temporary before you contact a pediatrician.
What Should You Do During a Nosebleed?
- Tell your child to sit upright. By sitting upright and leaning in, it will reduce the blood pressure in the nose, resulting in the bleeding to stop. Prevent your child from leaning their back, as doing so, will cause the blood to go down their throat, which will cause them to cough and vomit.
- Use a tissue or a washcloth to pinch your child’s nose at the part underneath the bony ridge. Apply pressure for ten minutes to stop the bleeding.
- Place an ice pack to your child’s cheeks and nose to restrict the blood vessels and help cease the bleeding.
- Instruct your child not to blow or pick their nose, as this will cause the bleeding to start again.
If the bleeding does not stop even after you have taken the aforementioned measures, you need to contact a pediatrician.
When Should You Visit a Pediatrician?
- If your child’s nose continues to produce blood even after you have held it for ten minutes
- If the flow of blood is heavy
- If your child looks pale or feels dizzy
- If your child sustains bruises easily
- If your child suffered a blow to the head or face, resulting in a nosebleed
- If their nose bleeds often and repeatedly
Most parents panic quickly when they see their young child’s nose bleeding. In the panic, they forget what they need to do to prevent it from bleeding. This ends up making the situation worse. In the event, your child’s nose begins to bleed, remain calm, think clearly, and refer to the guidelines mentioned here of what can you do to stop it.