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Nosebleeds

Causes and Treatments for Nosebleeds in Children

It is not unusual for a child to get an occasional nosebleed. This may be touched off by sneezing, coughing, nose picking or by frequent blowing of the nose.

Dry air (e.g. outside in the winter, or when the heat is on in the home) makes nosebleeds more likely.

Many times a nosebleed will be noted at night or in the morning by blood on the pillow.

To treat a nosebleed, hold an ice pack or a cold compress over the nose, pinch the sides of the nose squeezing it closed, lean forward, and hold for several minutes.

Use of a humidifier or vaporizer, especially at night, is helpful to keep the nasal lining moist making it less likely to bleed. You may also put a small amount of petroleum jelly on a cotton swab and apply it to the inside of each nostril.

Repeated bleeds or a bleed that can’t be stopped in less than 15 minutes should be reported to the doctor.