- Nose Bleed info

     Causes of Nosebleeds


From: http://www.healthychildren.org

There are many causes of nosebleeds, most of which aren’t serious. The most common include:

  • Colds and allergies: A cold or allergy causes swelling and irritation inside the nose and may lead to spontaneous bleeding.
  • Trauma: A child can get a nosebleed from picking his nose, or putting something into it, or just blowing it too hard. A nosebleed also can occur if he is hit in the nose by a ball or other object or falls and hits his nose.
  • Low humidity : If your house is very dry, or if you live in a dry climate, the lining of your child’s nose may dry out, making it more likely to bleed.


  1. Remain calm. A nosebleed can be frightening, but is rarely serious.
  2. Keep your child in a sitting or standing position. Tilt his head slightly forward. Have him gently blow his nose if he is old enough.
  3. Pinch the lower half of your child’s nose (the soft part) between your thumb and finger and hold it firmly for a full ten minutes. If your child is old enough, he can do this himself. Don’t release the nose during this time to see if it is still bleeding.
    Release the pressure after ten minutes and wait, keeping your child quiet. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, repeat this step. If after ten more minutes of pressure the bleeding hasn’t stopped, call your pediatrician or go to the nearest emergency department.

Don’t . . .

  1. Panic. You’ll just scare your child.
  2. Have him lie down or tilt back his head.
  3. Stuff tissues, gauze, or any other material into your child’s nose to stop the bleeding.


If your child gets a lot of nosebleeds, ask your pediatrician about using saltwater (saline) nose drops or spray every day. Doing so may be particularly helpful if you live in a very dry climate, or when the furnace is on. In addition, a humidifier or vaporizer will help maintain your home’s humidity at a level high enough to prevent nasal drying. Also tell your child not to pick his nose.