During the early years of childhood, nose bleeding is a normal thing in many children, although it can be frightening for the parents. If the flow of blood is backward into the mouth, kids can swallow it, and vomit. There are a number of reasons behind such an occurrence, with some of the most common ones including cold, allergy, and trauma. If you live in a place with dry sultry climate, there is a good chance of the nose drying out and causing it to bleed. Another reason could be the growth of abnormal tissues inside the nose or abnormal blood clotting and diseases. Chronic nosebleed is generally witnessed in a child with long-term ailment, who requires extra medication, which can eventually dry out the nose lining.
Do’s and Don’ts
Enlisted below are some of the Do’s and Don’ts you need to follow, in order to deal with chronic nosebleed in your child.
- Do remain composed, since a nosebleed is rarely a serious thing, no matter how frightening.
- Do keep your child in a standing or sitting position, with a slight forward tilt of the head.
- Tweak the lower soft part of the nose between your finger and thumb and hold it inflexibly for around 10 minutes. Train your child to do it himself, if he is old enough. Make sure not to release the nose in between this time frame.
- Take off the pressure after 10 minutes and check if the bleeding has stopped. If not, then repeat the same process again. In case it doesn’t work at all, try calling your nearest pediatrician.
One should not panic, if a situation like this arises, since the child will get scared for life. To stop the bleeding temporarily, stuff some materials such as gauze or tissues into the child’s nose.
When To Call A Pediatrician?
- When you think the blood has overflown from your child’s nose
- When the child is also bleeding from mouth, in the form of cough or vomit. Or maybe some brown material coming out.
- When your child is not responding normally, and is sweaty or pale. This should be taken as an emergency case!
- In a critical case, where the child has a delicate blood vessel in the nose or on the nose lining surface. This may lead to a lot of nosebleeds and proper attention should be given at the earliest. A pediatrician will make sure to stop the bleeding by applying some chemical substance.
Before taking any type of medication, especially for small children, always take an expert advice to tackle the situation. If you are living in a place that is too dry, better consider installing vaporizer or humidifier to maintain the average level of humidity in your residence, so as to avoid nasal drying. Train your child not to keep picking his nose all the time! In critical cases, it’s advisable to take help of an ENT doctor for proper treatment.