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Nosebleed - Brief Version

What is a nosebleed?

It is very common for a child to have a nosebleed. Sometimes a child rubs or picks the nose when it is blocked, itchy, or dry. Even blowing the nose too hard can cause a nosebleed.

How can I take care of my child?

Here's how to stop the bleeding:

  • First, ask your child to blow his nose to free any large clots.
  • Then tightly pinch the soft parts of the nose together for 10 minutes.
  • If it hasn't stopped after 10 minutes, put some petroleum jelly on a piece of gauze.
  • Put the gauze into the nostril.
  • Squeeze again for another 10 minutes. If it still doesn't stop bleeding, call your child's doctor right away.

Here are some ideas to keep from getting nosebleeds:

  • Put a little petroleum jelly on the inside of the nostrils 2 times a day.
  • Use a humidifier in your child's room at night.
  • Teach your child to put a few drops of warm water in each nostril before she blows her nose.
  • If your child has allergies that irritate his nose, ask your doctor what to use.

Written by B.D. Schmitt, M.D., author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Copyright 1999 Clinical Reference Systems