Nose Bleeds

Martin Johnson Heade:  Hummingbirds and Passion Flowers.

Martin Johnson Heade: Hummingbirds and Passion Flowers.

What to Do:

Stay calm and reassure your child.

With your child upright in a chair or in your lap, tilt his or her head slightly forward.

Gently pinch the soft part of the nose (just below the bony ridge) with a tissue or clean washcloth.

Keep pressure on the nose for about 10 minutes; if you stop too soon, bleeding may start again.

Do not have your child lean back. This may cause blood to flow down the back of the throat, which tastes bad and may cause gagging, coughing, or vomiting.

Have your child relax a while after a nosebleed. Discourage nose-blowing, picking, or rubbing, and any rough play.

Although they can be scary, nosebleeds are rarely cause for alarm.