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  • SQUEEZE THE LOWER NOSE:   * Gently squeeze the soft parts of the lower nose together. Gently press them against the center wall for 10 minutes.  This puts constant pressure on the bleeding point.   * Use the thumb and index finger in a pinching manner. * If the bleeding continues, move your point of pressure. * Have your child sit up and breathe through the mouth during this procedure. * If rebleeds, use the same technique again.
  • PUT GAUZE INTO THE NOSE: * If pressure alone fails, wet a gauze with a few decongestant nose drops. An example is Afrin. No prescription is needed. Insert the wet gauze into the side that is bleeding. Reason: The gauze helps to put pressure on the bleeding spot. The nose drops also shrink the blood vessels. * If you don't have nose drops, use petroleum jelly on the gauze. Also, use petroleum jelly if your child is under 1 year of age. * If you don't have gauze, use a piece of paper towel. * Repeat the process of gently squeezing the lower soft parts of the nose. Do this for 10 minutes.
  • PREVENT RECURRENT NOSEBLEEDS: * If the air in your home is dry, use a humidifier to keep the nose from drying out. * Use petroleum jelly to the center wall of the nose. Do this twice a day to promote healing. * For nose blowing, blow gently. * For nose suctioning, don't put the suction tip very far inside. Also, move it gently. * Do not use aspirin and ibuprofen. Reason: Increases bleeding tendency.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * Over 99% of nosebleeds will stop if you press on the right spot. * It may take 10 minutes of direct pressure. * After swallowing blood from a nosebleed, your child may vomit a little blood. * Your child may also pass a dark stool tomorrow from swallowed blood.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Can't stop bleeding with 10 minutes of direct pressure done correctly * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Nosebleeds are common. * You should be able to stop the bleeding if you use the correct technique. * Here is some care advice that should help.


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