Uncommon Solutions to a Common Childhood Problem
Nosebleeds are a common occurrence in children ages 2 to 10. Although they are typically harmless, they can be scary for the child and even parents or teachers who may have to deal with them.
Common causes of nosebleeds:
- Minor Trauma (Nose Picking)
- Allergies, Sinus Infection or Common Cold
- Dry Air
- Trauma to Face and/or Nose
- An object stuck in nose
According to Medline Plus “seek medical help if the bleeding persists after 15 to 20 minutes of treatment, nosebleeds recur, blood persistently drains down the throat, or a neck or serious head injury is suspected”
Caring for a Nosebleed
Have the child sit down and gently squeeze the soft portion of the nose between his/her thumb and finger (so that the nostrils are closed) for a full 10 minutes. Have them lean forward to avoid swallowing blood and breathe through their mouth. Wait at least 10 minutes before checking if the bleeding has stopped.
Photo courtesy of Medline Plus.
5 Products That Help Stop the Bleeding
- NoseBudd Ice Pack – A reusable option used to apply compression and cold.
- NoseAid Nosebleed Clip – FDA approved device to help apply constant pressure and stop bleeding.
- RhinoRocket – Medical grade, sterile expandable sponge to help with compression.
- Afrin Nasal Spray – Used to temporarily shrink blood vessels to reduce bleeding (AskDrSears.com).
- Celox Nosebleed Dressing – Blocks blood flow and clots blood within 30 seconds. Proven to be safe on children and also effective for people using anti-coagulant blood-thinning medications like Coumadin, Warfarin or Heparin.
Tips for Preventing Nosebleeds
- Keep kids’ fingernails trimmed and short, and discourage nose picking.
- Moisten nasal passages with saline spray and dab petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment inside the opening of the nostrils.
- Use a humidifier in the child’s bedroom at night.
- Wear protective athletic equipment when participating in sports that could cause trauma to the nose.
Images and facts courtesy of Medline Plus.
Nosebleeds instruction sheet from KidsHealth.org.