How to Treat and Prevent Nosebleed in Children

Nosebleeds are fairly common in children. They can be caused by weather conditions, allergies, inherited conditions, and even nose picking. Read on to find out what the most common causes of nosebleed are and how to treat and prevent them.


What causes nosebleeds in children and how can you prevent them

Your child can experience nosebleeds during the winter, when the air is colder and dries out the nasal membranes, causing them to become cracked or crusted. Heated indoor air can have the same effect on nasal passages. Since the blood vessels of the nose are very fragile, they can rupture when your child constantly sneezes or blows their nose. Meanwhile, to ease the discomfort of dry nasal passages, some children tend to pick their nose, and that’s the most common cause of nosebleeds among children. To prevent your child from suffering nosebleeds, have them eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, iron, and zinc, which keep blood vessels healthy; use a humidifier to moisturize the air inside the home; and, to stop your child from picking their nose, clean their nose with a tissue or, if they’re old enough, teach them how to do it.


How can you treat nosebleeds?

You can keep nosebleeds under control at home very easily. The most common home remedy is to have your child sit with their head slightly forward, pinch their nose and have them breathe through their mouth. Contrary to what is commonly believed, you should not tilt your child’s head backward, as this may cause them to swallow or inhale blood, which can cause nausea and diarrhea. But if nosebleeds occur frequently and persist after more than 15 minutes of applying direct pressure, they might require medical care. Take your child to the doctor to make sure the nosebleeds are not caused by a more serious, underlying health problem.


Other solutions to stop nosebleeds

Other remedies you can use to stop nosebleeds are saline nasal sprays or water-based nasal gels that you can apply inside your child’s nose. You can use these remedies two to three times a day to restore moisture to dry nasal passages and reduce the inflammation and possible bleeding of the nasal membranes.


As we mentioned, nosebleeds are very common in children. They are usually not serious, and you can treat them at home. However, visit your doctor immediately if your child’s nose bleeding incidents are frequent and persistent and you suspect it might be due to a more serious health condition.

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