I only had one nose bleed as a child. I was about 6 or 7 years old and riding my Thunderbird car with peddles. I was on the landing between upstairs and downstairs, and somehow I toppled over with the car on top of me, causing my nose to bleed. For some children nose bleeds are a regular occurrence
My middle grandchild has frequent nosebleeds. The first time I observed him, I was alarmed. It had happened in his sleep, and his entire face was bloody. He looked as though he were in a horror film.Now that I know what to do, I handle the situation much better.
I recall a cousin who often had nose bleeds. He would hold his head back, with a towel wrapped in ice applied to his nose. According to Vincent Ianneli .M.D., this is not the correct procedure. Holding the head back may cause blood to pool in the throat, and the child may choke.
It is best to have the child hold their head bending forward, while you pinch the skin just below the bony part of the nose, in order to close the nostrils. This will help bleeding to stop faster. If after 10 minutes the bleeding has not stopped, apply pressure for 10 additional minutes. If the nose is still bleeding at this time, please contact the child’s pediatrician.
Nose bleeds can be hereditary. My daughter said my son in law had them as a child. The most common reasons for nose bleeds, are dry air, or irritation from a cold or allergy. Now, when my grandson’s nose begins to bleed, we ave hi sit upright wit his head slightly forward.
We apply gentle pressure using a was cloth with cold water His nose usually stops bleeding in about 8-10 minutes. We wash i up, change his clothes and he is good to go. At first he was pretty upset and would cry, but now he handles it like a pro.
We continue to reassure him everything will be alright until the bleeding stops. We also keep him in an upright position for a while, as an extra precautionary measure. My grandsons nose may bleed twice in a week and then not again for perhaps 4 or 5 weeks. If you are concerned about the frequency, and or duration of your child’s nose bleeds, please consult a health care professional.