When I was little, for some reason, I always seemed to get nosebleeds; and bad ones at that. Some were more serious than others, but to a small child, any blood coming from his or her body can be terrifying. My mom became an expert at stopping the bleeding. We even tried out various methods to find which were the quickest at clotting the blood. Thankfully I outgrew the nosebleeds after a few years. I'm now equipped to treat any nosebleed at the drop of a hat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these treatment suggestions:
- Stay calm and avoid panicking; nosebleeds typically aren't serious.
- Have your child sit or stand with head tilted a bit forward. Do not stuff anything into the nose.
- Gently pinching the soft part of your child's nose between your thumb and forefinger, hold it firmly for 10 minutes without releasing.
- After 10 minutes, release the nose to see if bleeding has stopped. If it hasn't, repeat the hold for another 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding hasn't stopped after 20 minutes, contact your pediatrician.