Child Wellness: Children and nose bleeds
Children and nose bleeds, for the most part, are not a concern but it is more common for certain kids, under certain conditions. Marcie Fraser reports.
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"We most commonly see nose bleeds in the winter, when there is cold, dry air outside that is irritating a child's mucosa and warm, forced dry heat that we usually have in our homes," said pediatrician Dr. Manny Cirenza.
According to Dr. Cirenza, if a child experiences more than four nose bleeds a week, there could be a problem.
"You will think about bleeds or hemorrhaging or bruises that are occurring commonly in other places is potential minor bleeding disorder," said Dr. Cirenza.
Stop nose bleeds with pressure.
"Usually with the application of a cold compress. Usually on the bridge of the nose. One thing to be careful is sometimes people tend to want to have the child hold their neck or face up or backwards and can get some of the blood dripping back into the esophagus, swallowing and throwing up blood and that is kind of an unpleasant experience for them," said Dr. Cirenza.
Where you place the pressure can make a difference.
"The farther up you can, hold it usually toward the mid nose and even a little bit of pressure up here to can be helpful. So I recommend two hands one for the bottom and middle of the nose and one toward the top," said Dr. Cirenza.
Packing your child’s nose is not a good idea.
"Leave it to the professionals because then some time foreign bodies get left up. It is very dicey to be packing, in particular, tissues, that won't be able to be pulled out easily. If you are going to pack anything up there, make it like a wash cloth that has been dampened and cold," said Dr. Cirenza.
Tips on preventing the nasal passages from drying out include using a humidifier in the home to moisten the air or using petroleum jelly to coat the inside of the nose, as well as nasal spray. Leave the petroleum jelly near a child’s tooth brush so they are doing it in the morning when they brush their teeth.