Treating nosebleeds is something most parents have had to do at some point. Do you now what to do if your child has a nosebleed?

treating nosebleeds

I find my daughter is prone to nosebleeds. She used to have the odd idea that they came every Halloween! My sons don’t have  them often at all. In fact my 11 year old had one this morning and it took him totally by surprise.

I remember the first time my daughter has a nosebleed my husband said she should tip her head back and  I disagreed drawing on some distant memory of my first aid training at Brownies.

So here is what you should do when you are treating a nosebleed.

If your child is under 2 year of age, seek medical advice immediately as this is rare and may suggest something serious.

Encourage your child to sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of their nose just above the nostrils.

Don’t rush it – they should do this for at least 10 minutes.

I was right. Your little one should lean forward and breathe through their mouth so the blood does not go down the back of their throat.

You could place an ice park (or pack of frozen peas or veg of your choice!) on the bridge of their nose covered by a towel.

Staying sitting up discourages further bleeding.

One of the most vital things you can do for your child is not to panic. As in any situation  if you act confidently they feel safe and secure.

If the bleeding does not stop are your child has recurrent nosebleeds, seek medical advice.

Once your child has stopped bleeding, recovery and prevention of infection is helped by:

  1. Not blowing or picking their nose
  2. Not engaging in any major exercise.
  3. Avoiding hot drinks for 24 hours
  4. Avoiding  anyone with coughs or colds

For help on any health matters, check out NHS Choices.

What is your experience of treating nosebleeds in the family?

This post is brought to you by the ex-pert mum by no means an expert but definitely ex-pert.





I have a lost bank card. It has gone off on some adventure and at first I did not realise it was missing. My purse has a broken hinge and kept popping open. I knew this was an issue but instead of moving everything into another purse that I had upstairs, I was silly.

lost bank card

I went to my purse this morning and my bank card was missing. Bank cards are like gas, electricity and water, taken for granted until they don’t exist any more. Perhaps my bank card was feeling unappreciated and went in search of a more loving  owner.

I retraced my steps and visited several shops  and a cafe to see if I could find it.

I tried cancelling the card but initially had problems as the bank was experiencing  technical difficulties. You and me both mate!

When I finally got through to the bank a lovely woman called Zoe helped ensure the card got cancelled and ordered me a new one.

Facebook friends told me I should have cancelled it immediately but of course I would lose the card on a day when the banks are closed!

Of course, with the right care I would not have lost it in the first place and here are some quick tips so you don’t lose yours.

  1. Ensure the purse or wallet you are carrying the card in is secure.
  2. Keep an eye on  your card and have it in sight or at least the place you keep it in sight.
  3. Never write down PIN numbers. It is tempting but it is silly and keep PINS secret from family and friends too.
  4. Have an emergency cash account and leave the card for that at home until you lose your first card which you won’t because you are not as daft as me.
  5. Ensure your card is signed as soon as you get it. Don’t make life easier for potential thieves.
  6. Have lost card numbers readily to hand or check the internet site for the bank which will give you the  number

Of course knowing my luck the lost bank card will now be found but it is not worth taking the risk of it being misused. Cancel your cards as soon as you know they are missing.

If you need money advice generally, check out the Money Advice Service.

Cuddle Fairy

Birth plans seem like such a good idea when you first hear the concept. As a mum-to-be we have a vague idea that birth might involve a lot of pain and screaming so surely it is best to have a plan.

Before I experienced the reality of childbirth, I thought the pain was a rite of passage and that mums were exaggerating the level of pain involved. I dutifully went to antenatal classes and read books galore on what to expect.

I then went into labour. Did my waters break of their own accord? Nope! Did my contractions get progressively nearer together? Nope! Was I sent home from hospital due to lack of progress? Yup!

My husband sat all night long recording every contraction but they did not fit any of the patterns the pregnancy books told me about

My baby was  lying with his back against mine. This is known as an ‘occiput posterior’ (OP) position. So much for birth planning as mine involved listening to tranquil music, seeing contractions come relatively quickly, a bit of screaming and maybe biting down on a spoon like in old films.

It didn’t get any better when I decided I really must go to hospital again. My husband put me in the car and after travelling for about half a mile, the car broke down. So as the contractions finally sped up I had to walk home in the dark and cursing my husband. Sepia image gone right there!

After hours waiting for a taxi, I screamed all the way to hospital with the encouragement of the driver who was superb and told me to scream away whilst he played the Beatles. Talk about “Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away ..”

It all worked out well in the end and that back to back baby is now a strapping 16 year old.

I am not saying making birth plans is silly because it does give you some level of control so long as you accept that life might take a different turn.

NHS Choices even gives you a draft birth plan so you can write it all down. They advise that you might want to discuss your birth plans with your midwife, the baby’s father and other key players in your life.

Think about pain relief options, birth partners and how  you feel about intervention such as forceps or ventouse delivery.

You should also choose “I will survive”as your musical choice because us mums have a knack of coping with what life throws at us.

This post is brought to you by the ex-pert mum by no means an expert but definitely ex-pert.

Cuddle Fairy



I  confess I had not heard of this ingredient until I saw it in Waitrose. I am delighted to share these tasty Cavolo Nero recipes with you and highly recommend the fish pie in particular as perfect comfort food.


caavolo nero

Serve with sherry

Try this recipe with an Oloroso or Palo Cortado sherry. Both kinds are dry but rich and well matched to creamy foods as well as more traditional tapas. They will also pick up the rounded nuttiness of the chestnuts.


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Serves 4



1 tbsp oil

1 large onion, sliced (180g)

2 x 200g packs cavolo nero, shredded

200g pack chestnuts, roughly chopped

1 tsp ground cinnamon

180g pack low fat cheese

4 tbsp crème fraiche (100g)


Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion for 2 minutes, add the cavolo nero, cover and cook for 5 minutes.


Add the chestnuts and cinnamon and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in the soft cheese and crème fraiche and cook for 1 minute, season.

Cooks Tip

Great served with Christmas turkey as part of the trimmings or as a vegetarian option on its own.

Allergen information: contains milk (crème fraiche), cheese



cavolo nero recipes


Serve with Prosecco or red wine

I am heading for Prosecco with this delicious fish pie. It’s the cavolo nero that points me in that direction with the tomato rich sauce. Sparkling wines by the very nature of their matching with canapés and nibbles can blend with all sorts of flavours, and there are lots in this pie with smoked fish, the sauce, the cavolo nero and the cheese. However, if you are a red wine drinker, a New World Pinot Noir at about 13.5-14%abv will take the richness of the cheese, the smokiness of the fish and the tomato.


Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Serves 2



600g potatoes, diced

50ml milk

15g butter

150g cavolo nero, shredded

350g smoked haddock, skinned and diced

350g jar tomato & basil pasta sauce

25g Cheddar cheese, grated


Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 10-15 minutes until tender, drain and mash with milk, butter and seasoning.


Meanwhile, cook the cavolo nero in boiling water for 3 minutes, add the haddock and cook for a further 2 minutes, drain, return to the pan and stir in the tomato sauce.  Transfer to a heatproof serving dish and top with the mashed potato.


Sprinkle over the cheese and place under a preheated frill for 2-3 minutes until golden.



Cooks Tip

Try using any white fish or mix in some seafood.

With thanks to

Cavolo Nero Recipes

This Mama




Christmas time is a special time of year, for friends and families to meet and enjoy some precious time together. For those who require additional support throughout the year, a carer is a crucial part of everyday life, particularly during the festive season, but what does that mean for the carers themselves?

Here, our friends at Ability Superstore look at five things about carers over Christmas, that you might not necessarily be aware of.

  1. 30% of carers won’t have a break over the Christmas period

According to research by Carers Trust Wales, around 370,000 people throughout Wales provide care for a friend or family member, particularly over Christmas. Not only that, but these carers are often unpaid, giving their loved ones a helping hand simply out of the goodness of their hearts.

On top of this, around 30% of these carers often spend the Christmas period without a break and those that do receive a break will spend this well earned recuperation time, doing chores.

  1. Many won’t be able to make the most of the festive season

During what’s meant to be the most wonderful time of the year many carers find themselves feeling tired and struggling to switch off from taking care of those in need. This comes from research by Revitalise, whose quest is to support unpaid carers and work towards finding additional support for them.

  1. Their usual support is often lost over Christmas

Caring for others can be tiring and stressful, especially when there is little to no support. A lot of the time, friends and family set off on the road for their Christmas break to visit family further afield, which often means that carers are lacking the usual support they would have. Not only that, but with public services closing up shop for Christmas and sometimes even Boxing Day, it can become a little more difficult to take care of those who need them over Christmas.

  1. Their role is crucial over Christmas, particular for the routine

Routine is so important for those with mobility requirements, to be able to get up, showered and dressed, and on their way with their day. Without carers over Christmas, they would find it difficult to make the most of the festive season, especially when preparing for friends and family to visit. For some, it’s even more important that they see a familiar face coming to help them each and every day, making their carers particularly important over Christmas.

  1. It’s all worth it, to give someone a happy and normal life

Amongst all of the stresses and strains of caring for another, inevitably it is an extremely rewarding thing to do. Not only can you see the support you are giving and the benefits it has to their everyday life, but you can go home feeling you have given something to someone else.