What should I do if my child gets a nosebleed?

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A. Nosebleeds are a fairly common occurrence in children, but all that gushing blood can still send concerned parents into panic mode. Many nosebleeds can be easily treated at home with a few simple steps:

• Have your child sit upright and tilt his or her head forward. Don’t have your child lean back, which can cause blood to enter the back of the throat.

• Using a clean tissue, gently pinch the fleshy part just below the bony ridge with your thumb and index finger. Hold for about 10 minutes to ensure the bleeding has stopped.

• After a nosebleed subsides, discourage rough play and blowing or picking the nose.


Linda Givens, MD
Pediatric Associates

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