A nosebleed usually appears suddenly, with blood flowing freely from a nostril. A child who has nosebleeds at night can swallow the blood while sleeping. It will vomit or evacuate in your stool later. Most nosebleeds stop on their own in a few minutes.
Measures to be taken to stop a nosebleed
- Keep calm; The nosebleed is probably not serious and you should try not to worry your child. Your child will perceive their emotional cues.
- Keep your child sitting or standing and leaning slightly forward. Do not let him lie down or lean back because this blood can flow to the throat and could make him vomit.
- Do not fill the nose to stop bleeding with tissues or other material.
- Firmly pinch the soft part of the nose – using a cold compress if you have it, otherwise use your fingers – and hold the pressure for a total of 10 minutes. Do not inspect to see if your child’s nose continues to bleed during this time; I could start the flow again.
- If the bleeding has not stopped after 10 minutes, repeat the pressure. If the bleeding persists after your second attempt, call your pediatrician or take your child to the nearest emergency department.
Call your pediatrician immediately if:
- Your child is pale, sweaty or does not respond
- You think your child has lost a lot of blood
- Your child is bleeding from the mouth or is vomiting blood or brown material similar to coffee beans.
- Your child’s nose is bleeding after a blow or injury to any part of the head.
Although most nosebleeds are benign and can be controlled, a child with severe or recurrent bleeding or bleeding from both nostrils should be evaluated by a pediatrician. If necessary, your child will be referred to a pediatric ENT specialist.
Is your child congested?
Consult your pediatrician before giving your child medicine in nose drops or nasal sprays to treat problems that affect the nose and airways.
Although they are available over the counter for congestion relief, some medications may end up increasing congestion after using it for a few days. This increase in congestion is known as the rebound effect and can be even more uncomfortable and difficult to treat than the original problem.
If you want to use a natural nasal spray, try saline, saltwater spray.
Causes of nasal bleeding:
Nasal hemorrhages are usually not a sign of a serious illness, although bleeding may result from an injury. Children can cause bleeding by picking their nose; Young children often damage the nasal membranes, forcing objects in their nostrils. Children are especially prone to nosebleeds during colds and in the winter months, when the mucous membranes dry out, cracking and crusting or when a chronic disease such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) damages the membrane.
A child with a chronic disease that causes forced cough, such as cystic fibrosis, you may have frequent nosebleeds. And parents of children with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease should be aware of harmful habits such as picking their noses.
If your child’s nosebleeds last more than 8 to 10 minutes on a routine basis, your pediatrician may do an evaluation to determine if you suffer from a blood clotting disorder.