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How to Treat a Nosebleed

by | Feb 14, 2024

Struggling with nosebleed treatment for kids? KidsStreet is here to educate you on treating and preventing nosebleeds in children! 

What Causes Nosebleeds?

Nosebleeds in Kids happen for numerous reasons. Some of the typical causes include: 

  • Allergies
  • Facial or head injury
  • Excessive nose picking
  • Blowing the nose too aggressively
  • Illnesses (cold, flu, etc.) 
  • Foreign object lodged in the nasal cavity
  • Inhalation of smoke (cigarette, fire, etc.)

Additionally, nosebleeds are more common in the winter months when there is an influx of cold, dry air. 

Nosebleed Treatment in Children

While there are several types of nosebleeds, a bloody nose in children is typically an anterior nosebleed. Anterior bleeds originate in the front of the nose, causing blood to flow out of the nostrils. 

Best practices to stop a nosebleed include: 

  • Have them sit up. If the child is laying down, they could swallow blood and throw up. 
  • Once sitting up, lean the child forward. 
  • Have either yourself or your kid hold the soft part of the nose for at least ten minutes. Do not stop holding to check if the bleeding has stopped until ten minutes have passed. 
  • After there is no more blood flowing, clean your child up and apply a cold compress to the nose. 

Having difficulty treating your child’s nosebleed? KidsStreet Urgent Care can help with our urgent care services for kids

Nosebleed Prevention 

While nosebleeds are not always preventable, if your child gets frequent bleeds there are several things you can do to reduce the frequency. Best practices to prevent nosebleeds include: 

  • In winter months or if you live in a dry climate, run a humidifier in the child’s room. 
  • Utilize medicated nose sprays. 
  • Apply petroleum jelly inside your child’s nostrils. 
  • Do not smoke around your child or in the house.
  • Teach children not to pick their nose. 
  • Instruct kids on how to properly blow their nose, emphasizing that they should not blow too hard. 

If your child has frequent nosebleeds that last a long time, consider taking them to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) provider. They may be able to nail down the reason behind your child’s nosebleeds and help further prevent them. 

When Should I Be Concerned? 

Kids’ nosebleeds are usually no cause for major medical concern. However, if your child: 

  • Has an object in their nose
  • Has sustained facial or head trauma
  • Is bleeding profusely 
  • Has a nosebleed that will not stop
  • Is feeling like they are going to faint

You should seek medical care immediately. 

Turn To KidsStreet Urgent Care

A bloody nose is never fun and can be scary for parents and kids alike. With KidsStreet, you should have no fear. We’re here to help your child heal and feel better, fast!

To visit our clinic, register online. Online registration allows you and your child to wait from your car or at home. We’ll send you a text when it’s time to head to the clinic. 

At KidsStreet, we love walk-in patients! However, please be aware that we highly recommend registering online ahead of your visit as it reduces in-clinic wait times. Walk-ins are added to the same queue as those who register online.

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