Health Tip: Treating a Nosebleed
-- Nosebleeds are common during childhood, and don't necessarily indicate danger, or that something is wrong.
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.
Posted: November 2012