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?
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:
- Not blowing or picking their nose
- Not engaging in any major exercise.
- Avoiding hot drinks for 24 hours
- 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?
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