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Nosebleeds

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Nosebleeds are common in children, and aren’t usually serious. They are often caused by dry air or nose picking.

The best way to treat bleeding nose is to:

  • Stay calm. This will help your child stay calm too.
  • Sit your child on your lap or on a chair, leaning forward a little bit.
  • Use your thumb and pointer finger to squeeze firmly along the soft part of the nose, just below the bony part.
  • Continue to firmly squeeze that area for 20 minutes (no peeking).
  • Check to see if the bleeding stopped after 20 minutes. If not, continue to squeeze for 10 more minutes.
  • Watch your child over the next few hours to make sure they aren’t picking or rubbing their nose.

You should see a doctor right away if your child:

  • still has a bleeding nose after 30 minutes of steady pressure
  • feels light headed or dizzy after a nosebleed
  • is at risk because they have a medical condition

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Current as of: March 13, 2017

Author: Health Education and Learning Program (HEAL), Alberta Health Services