How Can I Treat and Prevent My Child’s Nosebleeds?

Nosebleeds are common for most children ages 3 to 10. Nosebleeds are caused by several things, such as having allergies or a cold, living in dry climates, or picking the nose. Although there is no cure for nosebleeds, there are ways to easily treat and prevent them.

How can I treat my child’s nosebleed?

  • When your child’s nosebleed begins, be sure to stay calm and comfort your child.


  • Have your child sit up and lean forward slightly. This is to prevent them from swallowing blood or vomiting. Do NOT have them lay back- this can worsen the bleeding.


  • Tell them to breathe out of their mouths while lightly pinching their nose for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.


  • You can apply something cold on the bridge of their nose- no gauze or tissue.


  • If the bleeding does not stop, repeat the steps.


  • Be sure to encourage your child to not pick or rub their nose for the following few days.

How do I Treat My Child's Nosebleed

How can I prevent my child from having nosebleeds?

  • Keep your child from rubbing and picking their nose.


  • Teach your child to blow their nose gently.


  • Keep clean-filtered humidifiers in different rooms if the air in your home is dry.


  • Use salt-water nasal sprays (talk to your provider before proceeding).


  • Rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly or medicated ointment around the rim of their nose.


  • If your child is in a sport or physically active, have them use protective wear that will prevent head injuries or anything that can cause a nosebleed.


  • Do not smoke around your child.

Call your provider right away if your child is pale, sweaty, or non-responsive if they have lost a lot of blood, or if their nose is bleeding from a blow to the head.

If you have any questions about how to manage your child’s nosebleeds, please give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified providers to help you find the best ways to help at 210-616-0882.

August 24,2021 / by Kayla Gomez