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Handling nosebleeds in children

04/23/13 10:25

Q. Our daughter has occasional nosebleeds, usually because of allergies or colds. When she has them, it seems to take several minutes to stop the bleeding. What is the best way to treat nosebleeds?

Nosebleeds in children are common. The most common causes are allergies, sinus infections, dry air and trauma, such as nose-picking. On the rare occasion, nosebleeds can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a bleeding disorder, tumor or polyp.

When nosebleeds occur, it is important to remain calm and do the following:

Lean forward and gently blow any clots out of the nose.

Apply pressure by pinching the soft part of the nose for 5-10 minutes.

Avoid checking to see if the bleeding has stopped until 5-10 minutes has passed.

Call your child’s health care provider if the bleeding has not stopped after 10-15 minutes.

Most nosebleeds can be managed at home and do not warrant a visit to the doctor. However, if nosebleeds are associated with certain other symptoms, then an evaluation may be necessary. Some of these include easy bruising, bleeding gums, pallor, fatigue or nosebleeds that are increasing in frequency and becoming more difficult to stop.

Rhonda Patt is a pediatrician with Charlotte Pediatric Clinic. Email living@charlotteobserver.com; put “pediatrician,” in the subject line.

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