Seeing blood bleeding out of one’s child’s nose can be quite intimidating at times. Parents often worry too much and do not know how to handle the situation.
Not usually serious
Nosebleeds in children are not usually serious and happen very commonly. The culprits of these bleeds are usually due to nose-picking and/or dry air.
Therefore, when a child starts bleeding through his/her nose, the most important thing is to stay calm and know how to deal with it. By providing the right care, most nosebleeds will stop after a while.
Serious nose bleeds
However, there are situations where a nosebleed warrants medical attention. If the following occurs, parents should bring their children to see a doctor:
Self-care for nosebleeds
The following are simple self-care instructions to deal with nosebleeds
Nosebleeds may recur more frequently when:
In certain cases, repeat nosebleeds may be a sign that the child is having certain blood disorders that interfere with blood clotting. These children usually will have other signs such as easy bruising and may bleed more than expected from minor wounds. Should a parent suspect this in their child, the child should be brought to medical attention.
Prevention of repeat nosebleeds
Parents may consider the following to prevent nosebleeds from recurring:
Uptodate.com. (n.d.). Patient education: Nosebleeds (The Basics). [online] Available at: https://www.uptodate.com/contents/nosebleeds-the-basics.
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