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A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE – May 2016

 
 

Nosebleeds: When to be concerned

Nosebleeds are common in children but can be frightening. They are rarely serious. Causes include colds and allergies, trauma, low humidity, anatomical problems or abnormal growths, abnormal blood clotting and chronic illness.
If a nosebleed occurs:
-Keep your child in a sitting or standing position with the head tilted slightly forward.
-Pinch the lower half of your child’s nose (the soft part) between your thumb and finger and hold it firmly for 5-10 minutes.
-Release the pressure and wait, keeping your child quiet. If bleeding persists, continue to hold pressure on it. If bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes of pressure, call your pediatrician or go to the ER.

Call your pediatrician if the blood loss appears excessive, your child is bleeding from the mouth only or they are coughing or vomiting blood or a coffee-ground like substance, if they appear pale or sweaty or if they have frequent bloody noses with a chronically stuffy nose.
Saline nose drops or the use of a humidifier or vaporizer may help prevent bloody noses.
Remember, they can be uncomfortable and frightening but are rarely serious!

Susan Quigley, RN, NCSN

Tiger Times May 2016