Nosebleeds mostly happen in the winter when the air is dry, though kids sometimes get nosebleeds after an injury or because of a medication. Nosebleeds can be scary, but kids get them a lot. Most will stop on their own and usually aren't serious.
What to Do
If a child has a nosebleed:
Sit the child up with the head tilted slightly forward. Do not have the child lean back (this may cause gagging, coughing, or vomiting).
Pinch the soft part of the nose just below the bony part. Pinch for 10 minutes at a time.
Call the doctor if a child has a nosebleed that:
will not stop bleeding after pinching the child's nose twice for a full 10 minutes each time
makes the child dizzy or pale
is caused by something put inside the child's nose
Call 911 if:
a child has a nosebleed after a serious fall or head injury
Contact the child's parents after you've called for help.
To help prevent nosebleeds:
Tell kids to not pick their noses.
Ask the parent(s) about using a humidifier during naps and bedtime.
Ask the parent(s) if the child has nosebleeds often and what triggers them.