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10 Quick Ways to Stop a Bloody Nose

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If you have a child over the age of five, chances are that you have witnessed a bloody nose at least once.  If not, you definitely should be prepared for when you do.  While most often a bloody nose is nothing serious, it is scary to see all of that blood coming from the nose of your child.  Here are 10 quick ways to stop a bloody nose.


  1. Nose bleed plugs: Normally, it is not recommended to stick anything up the nose when your child has a nose bleed.  However, there are times when you need a quick solution.  Just be aware that if you stick something up the nose to stop the bleeding that when you remove the plug it is likely that the clot will come with it and the bleeding will start again.
  2. Pinch the bridge: The most recommended way to stop a bloody nose today is to firmly pinch the bridge of the nose right below the hard part at the top of the nose.  Press the soft part of the nose firmly against the bone and hold for 5 minutes.  Do not release to check on the bleeding because the second time it will take longer.
  3. Lean the child slightly forward: The last thing you want is for blood to run down your child’s throat.  This could choke the child or cause them to vomit the blood back up.  Gone is the notion that holding the head back is a good idea.  Do not do this!  You want the blood to run out of the nose until you can get it to clot.
  4. Ice the nose and cheeks: This is another tactic that there has been some discrepancy about.  The idea is to ice the nose and cheeks to constrict the blood vessels and help the blood to clot faster.  Some people thought that icing the back of the neck was the way to go, but that is not the recommended course of action now.
  5. Cool down the child if needed: If your child has been running and has been very active when the bloody nose occurred it is best to try to cool them down a little with a wet cloth on the head or back of the neck.  Once the child’s heart rate drops the blood won’t be pumping as fast and the clotting should happen sooner.
  6. Repeat for 10 minutes: If after 5 minutes you check the nose and the bleeding has not stopped yet, pinch the nose again and hold for 10 minutes the second time and do not stop to check during those 10 minutes.  It’s important to keep the pressure constant to stop the blood from running.  Once it starts to run again the clotting has to start all over.
  7. Do not blow: Once the nose bleed stops it might be tempting to blow the junk out of the nose to be able to breathe better, but don’t do it!  If your child blows their nose they are likely to blow the clots out and the nose will start to bleed again.
  8. Removing nose plugs: If you end up trying the nose plugs you will need to know how to remove them safely.  Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water.  Dry your hands on a clean towel or paper towel.  Grip the edge of the nose plug firmly and twist it gently to break it loose from the caked blood inside the nose.  Then pull firmly, but gently until the plug comes completely out of the nose.  If the plug does not want to come out easily make sure not to rip it out as you could damage the tissue inside the nose.  Take a break and try again in a little while.
  9. Prevention is the best medicine: If your child gets nose bleeds a lot you need to consult with your child’s doctor.  If there is no medical explanation for the nose bleeds then one way to avoid them if may be to lubricate the sinuses.  Apply Vaseline or Neosporin to the inside of the nose.  You may also use saline mist to keep the nasal passages moist.
  10. Severe nose bleeds: If your child’s nose bleed is severe and you have tried holding the bridge of the nose for 5 minutes and then 10 minutes and it’s still bleeding try again for 15 minutes without checking it.  If this does not work take the child to the doctor and they can chemically cauterize the spot in the nose that is bleeding.  This will work most of the time.
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