Nosebleeds are common in children between 2 and 10 years old. Most times, the cause of the nosebleed isn’t serious and can be treated right at home in a couple of minutes. However, if your child’s nose bleeds often, there may be a serious underlying cause and you should schedule a checkup with your physician. The best thing to do when your child gets a nosebleed is to reassure them and keep them calm. Below, we’ll also give you a few tips to stop the bleed.
Anterior and Posterior Nosebleeds
Anterior nosebleeds occur most commonly. These come from the front of the nose, where a lot of small blood vessels are located. When one of them ruptures, a nosebleed ensues. A posterior nosebleed is pretty rare. These usually occur in older people who have high blood pressure. These nosebleeds originate in the back of the nose. You generally don’t have to worry about posterior nosebleeds in your child unless they have gotten hit in the face.
What Causes Anterior Nosebleeds?
Many things can cause this condition. Dry air, allergies, a cold, picking at or injuring the nose, or an object lodged in the nose are the common culprits. Dry air irritates and dries out nasal membranes. The resulting crusts that form inside the nose then become itchy. Your child may want to scratch or pick at them. As a result, they might scratch a blood vessel and it will break. If your child blows their nose often or too hard, it can also trigger a nosebleed.
Children love to run around and play. If your child accidentally falls and hits their face, their nose may be affected too and will most likely bleed. Nosebleeds can be treated at home, but if the bleeding doesn’t stop after a certain amount of time, bring your child to one of our pediatricians at MD365.
How to Treat a Nosebleed
Comfort your child and sit them down. Tell them to lean slightly forward. If they lay down or lean back, the blood will travel down their throat and this can cause them to gag and vomit. Pinch their nostrils together with a tissue for about 10 minutes and remind them to breathe through their mouth. Clean up any blood that flows out, but don’t stick any tissue in their nose. You can also apply a cold compress or a wet paper towel on the bridge of their nose. Repeat these steps until the bleeding stops. If your child’s nose continues to bleed after 20 minutes of applying pressure, come see us. Your child may require urgent care.
When to Call a Doctor or Seek Urgent Care
Nosebleeds are common and can usually be treated at home. However, there are times when your child may need to be looked at by a doctor. If your child has frequent nosebleeds, bruises easily, put something in their nose, feels weak and dizzy, or is bleeding in other areas, such as the gums, contact one of our pediatricians as quickly as possible. A bleeding disorder is rare but possible. The doctors at MD365 will have to run some tests to ensure there isn’t an underlying condition.
MD365 Urgent Care
Here at MD365, we are committed to treating any injury or concern that you may have about your child’s health. From nosebleeds to Bronchitis, our pediatricians work hard to provide excellent care to your child. If they experience repeated or ongoing nosebleeds, get in touch with us right away. We’ll provide the proper treatment to keep them healthy and happy.