Updated: Apr 29, 2020
Treatment of nosebleeds is not by leaning your head back, as many may believe.
This leads to blood going down to the throat which can obstruct their airway or provoke vomiting.
What to do:
Sit the child down
Ask them to pinch the soft part of the nose as they lean forward
Apply this pressure for 10 minutes and then release slowly
Ask them to avoid coughing, rubbing or blowing their nose
Advice child not to put tissue or cotton wool up their nostrils
If unable to stop the bleeding, ask them to repeat the pinching process for a further 10 minutes
If the bleeding lasts more than 30 minutes - call 999 or 112 for medical help
If the child is feeling faint, sit them on the floor with their back supported to prevent a potential fall
Written by Fi Ramos, Public Health Nurse & First Aid Instructor at Act2care.
Information on this site is evidence based and provided to create awareness and advice only. If you are worried about a condition, seek medical advice.
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