December 5, 2007
Health Tip: When Your Child Gets a Nosebleed
Keep yourself and the child calm
(HealthDay News) - Nosebleeds are common in young children, and are usually not a cause for concern.
Here are suggestions on what to do if your child has a nosebleed, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:
- Keep yourself and your child calm, and mention that it's no cause to worry.
- Have your child sit in an upright position with the head tilted slightly forward. Do not let the child lean back, which could lead to swallowing some blood.
- With a clean tissue or cloth, gently pinch the nose at the bottom of the bony area.
- Continue pinching the nose for about 10 minutes. Then you may want to hold an ice pack to the nose to be sure the bleeding has stopped.
- Have your child rest once the bleeding has stopped. Don't let the child blow, pick or rub the nose.