Nosebleeds can be common in children but are rarely a sign of anything serious. Some tips on how to treat and avoid them:
What to do:
— Pinch the front part of the nose with your index finger and thumb.
— Keep the pressure on continuously for five to 10 minutes.
— Lean forward so the blood will move out of the nose.
What not to do:
— Don't keep checking every minute if the nosebleed has stopped — apply continuous pressure.
— Don't put pressure on the bony part of the nose — it's the wrong area to target. Focus on the very front of the nose.
— Avoid leaning back. It will still stop the nosebleed but will send blood into the back of the throat, which can cause an upset stomach.
— If dryness is a problem, use a humidifier and moisturize the inside of the nose with an ointment like Vaseline or Polysporin.
— Those susceptible to allergies should shower before going to bed during pollen season, as well as, close windows and doors.
— Remind kids to keep their fingers out of their noses.