If your child blows his or her nose one day and blood appears on the tissue, this is actually a very common problem. About one out of seven people get a nosebleed at one time or another. It’s especially common among children between the ages of 2 and 10.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not scary for a parent. Here are some of the reasons why nosebleeds occur, and what to do if your child experiences one.

Common Causes

There are two main kinds of nosebleeds. One is known as an anterior nosebleed. It occurs when something happens to the septum, which is the wall between each nostril. The septum contains a lot of blood vessels that can tear. Something as simple as a scratch from a fingernail can cause bleeding to occur.

The other type of nosebleed is known as a posterior nosebleed. It occurs due to something happening deeper in the nose. Injuries are the main cause.

Dry air can dry out the inside of the nose, causing it to bleed. Colds, excessive rubbing, and allergies are also common reasons for nosebleeds, as are sinus infections. There is even a condition known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia that could be to blame. This is a genetic condition that can often lead to spontaneous nosebleeds.

What to Do

If your child suddenly develops a severe nosebleed that won’t stop, seek emergency medical attention. Then get in touch with Pediatric Healthcare of Northwest Houston. We’ll find out the reason why this is happening and determine the best treatment plan to get it under control. Call (281) 655-1500 (Houston) or (936) 539-8190 (The Woodlands/Conroe) or contact us online to schedule an appointment.