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|Quick reference medical handouts used
by Pediatric offices
Management of Nosebleeds
Home Treatment for a
- Stay calm in order to keep your
child calm. Crying and sniffling can prolong the bleeding.
Nosebleeds almost always look much worse than they really are and
most can be successfully treated at home.
- Immediately apply direct pressure by
pinching the soft parts of the child’s nose together while pressing
firmly toward the face. Hold this position for at least 10 minutes
(use a timer) without releasing the pressure to check if the bleeding
has stopped. This maneuver alone will stop over 90 percent of
If the bleeding does not stop after
10 minutes, reposition the fingers and reapply pressure for another 10
- Sucking on an ice cube or popsicle will
help constrict nasal blood vessels and is a good distraction for the
- Have a basin available so your child
can spit out any blood that drains into the throat. Swallowed blood is
irritating to the stomach.
- Have the child sit up straight and
lean forward to prevent blood from going down the back of the throat
and being swallowed. Have the child spit out the blood. If blood is
swallowed, the child may vomit either bloody or coffee ground material
or pass a dark, tarry stool.
- Do not apply ice to the back of the
neck, as this will not help.
- Encourage your child not to pick or
blow their nose.
- Do not stuff tissue or other materials
into the nose to stop the bleeding.
- Stop use of any medicated nasal spray.
- Note that nosebleeds may reoccur for several
days until the scab has healed.
As a reminder, this information should not be relied on as
medical advice and is not intended to replace the advice of your childs pediatrician.
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