Although they can be scary, nosebleeds are common in children and usually aren't serious. Most stop on their own and can be treated safely at home. Nosebleeds occur more often in winter and when the air is dry.
What to Do
Have your child sit up with his or her 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) for at least 10 minutes.
Seek Medical Care
If Your Child:
has nosebleeds often
may have put something in the nose
tends to bruise easily or has heavy bleeding from minor wounds
recently started a new medication
Seek Emergency Medical Care
is accompanied by dizziness or paleness
continues after two or three times of applying pressure for 10 minutes each
To help prevent dryness in the nose, use saline (saltwater) nasal spray or drops (or put petroleum jelly on the inside edges of the nostrils), and use a humidifier in your child's bedroom. Discourage nose picking and keep kids' fingernails short.