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My child has a nose bleed
Nosebleeds (known as epistaxis) are a very common during childhood. The nose easily bleeds as a result of trauma to the nose, dry nasal passages and from the normal picking, vigorous nose blowing and rubbing of the nose. Children, with allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies), tend to have more nosebleeds due to chronic nasal congestion and inflammation.

A nosebleed usually starts suddenly from one nostril. Fortunately, most nosebleeds stop on their own within a few minutes.

Treatment

Have your child lean forward and spit out any blood. Do not have your child lay flat on his/her back as this can result in increase bleeding and swallowing of blood. Tightly pinch the soft parts of the nose against the center wall for 5-10 minutes, do not release pressure. Have your child breathe through his/her mouth during this time. If after 5-10 minutes the bleeding has not stopped, repeat the process. Do not insert anything into the nose.

Prevention:

Apply a small amount of Vaseline to the nasal passages at bedtime or spray each nostril with nasal saline twice a day. Use a humidifier in your child's room while they are sleeping. Treat nasal allergies.

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If the bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes of direct pressure
If your child appears pale or sweaty or your child is not
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If your child continues to have frequent nosebleeds despite
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Your child's nasal allergies are not controlled by over the counter
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