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Colds & Nosebleeds

The first cold snap has hit and if it is cold in the south the rest of the country is even colder......and that means the heat is now on your...

The first cold snap has hit and if it is cold in the south the rest of the country is even colder......and that means the heat is now on your house. With the dry air in the house, and lots of sniffles and colds, before you know it I am hearing from parents concerned about nosebleeds.   

Kids get tons of nosebleeds (not just from trauma) and even small noses will look like they are bleeding a lot.  For some reason a lot of children’s noses bleed during the night. That means lots of blood on sheets.  A little bit of blood on sheets, hankies, or Kleenex looks like a lot more blood than it really is, so don’t freak out. 

If your child has a bloody nose try to have them tip their head forward, breath through their mouths and pinch the nose halfway between the tip and the base of the nose. Don’t stick anything inside their nose at that may irritate the nostril even more. Don’t let your child sniff the clot or rub it during the pinching.  

In order to prevent nosebleeds during the dry cold months, it is often necessary to use a lubricant in your child’s nose There are several saline nasal sprays that help, some of which have lubricants like aloe in them as well. A minimal amount of Vaseline can also keep the inner nasal mucosa moist so that the clot that forms after the nose has bled can have time to heal.  Think of the clot inside the nose, just like a scab on your child’s knee. If it gets bumped before it is healed it will bleed all over again.   

Remember, if your child rubs their nose, “God forbid” picks their nose, or even blows their nose, once the nose has bled it is going to bleed again! If nosebleeds become recurrent, check with your doctor about taking a look inside your child's nose.

 

 

 

 

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About Sue Hubbard, M.D.

Dr. Sue Hubbard is an award winning pediatrician and medical editor for www.kidsdr.com.  She is a native of Washington, D.C. who travelled south to attend the University of Texas at Austin and never left.Read More

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