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Nose Bleeds

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.

Theoretical first aid tips are beneficial, however practical demonstrations and exercises are necessary for gaining high standard of first aid knowledge and skills.

If you are interested in gaining first aid skills, contact Fi to find our more about our paediatric first aid classes at

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