Does Your Child Have Frequent Nosebleeds? Tips For Stopping & Preventing Them

Does your child get frequent nosebleeds? Our older son does. Everyone has nosebleeds every once in a while but when I say frequent, I mean 2 or 3 nosebleeds a week. Our younger son used to get them like that too but he stopped getting them as often. Our older son (11 years old) however, still has them that frequently but we have found ways to help try to prevent them and they do help. He has gotten them that often ever since he was little. And they aren’t just frequent. They are also really bad and are hard to stop and takes so long to stop them. Below are some tips on how to stop them and how to prevent them. Or at least help to prevent them.

Stopping The Nosebleed

Tip #1 – To stop a nosebleed, the best way to do it is to stand or sit straight up. When we were kids, we were always told to pinch our nose and slightly tilt our head back until it stops. But it’s actually better to lean forward. Leaning a little forward helps the blood drain out quickly rather than letting the blood flow back into the nose where it can clot and start bleeding again. Whatever you do, don’t ever let them lay down with a nosebleed. They could swallow it which could cause vomiting or they might even be able to choke on it if it gets backed into their throats.

Stopping The Flow

Tip #2 – Pinch the soft part of the nose (close to the tip of the nose) and slightly tilt your head forward. Not backward. For a typical nosebleed, it may take about 10 minutes or so before the nose stops bleeding. In our son’s case, this can go on for up 30 minutes. If you have a smaller child, they may not be able to breath very well since most of their nose is pinched off. I had to constantly remind our son to breath through his mouth when he was younger.

Tip #4 – The best thing you can do for your child is to stay calm. My son would freak out every time his nose started bleeding. Thank goodness he’s not as freaked out about them like he was when he was younger. Our younger son freaked out too when he used to get them all the time. I would freak out because it’s always so much blood and it goes on forever. It’s bad enough they are upset and crying that I only made it worse by my freaking out.

Tip #5 – You can try using an ice pack. I actually got this tip from our son’s pediatrician. While trying to stop the difficult nosebleed that just won’t seem to stop, you can hold and ice or ice pack on the nose or around the cheek area close to the nose. The ice can aid in the flow by constricting the blood vessels.

Help To Prevent Them 

Tip #6 – You can use Vaseline. All you need to do is rub a little right inside both nostrils at the opening. Eventually it will disappear on it’s own. The Vaseline helps keep the nose from getting too dry from the change in weather, humidity, and dry air.

Tip #7 – Invest in a humidifier. We have them in both our boy’s bedrooms. My husband and I even use one in our room sometimes. It will help keep the air moist and keep nasal passages from drying out. There are other benefits from using a humidifier too.

Tip #8 – Saline Nasal Spray. This was actually suggested by our son’s pediatrician as well. On those days where the air is much dryer or if his nose just feels dry, he can get his bottle of saline and just spray some in his nose. It’s like a mist that is sprayed in each nostril. This will also prevent the nose membranes from drying out.

Tip #9 – Call the doctor. We have talked and asked our son’s doctor on a few occasions about his nosebleeds throughout his childhood so far. She asks about them alone with how he is doing with his allergies and such as well every time she sees him. I mention asking a doctor because it could be possible there could be some underlying issue. Plus you can also ask your doctor what he/she thinks are the best solutions for you or your child. 

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Our son’s issue is just that he has dry membranes or that they dry very easily. Tip numbers 7 and 8 does the best for our son. The humidifier made a huge difference and the saline works like a charm keeping his nose moist. The other thing that helps is that after all these years of having frequent nosebleeds like this, he has become aware of when he is going to get one before he even has one.

He came downstairs one day and said, “Where are the tissues? My nose is bleeding.” I looked at him and told him that it wasn’t. So he says, “Well, it’s about to.” Then sure enough about 5 minutes later his nose started bleeding. He says he can just “feel” it and he also says he can smell blood or get a specific weird taste in his mouth before it even happens.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or an expert. These tips are from my own research, information from our own doctors and from our own experiences. This should not be looked at as a treatment plan and for any health issues, you should consult your doctor.

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