Nose bleed? Try these tips

By Drum Digital
27 August 2014

Follow these tips if your child is suffering from a nose bleed.

Follow these tips if your child is suffering from a nose bleed:

  1. If the nose is bleeding a lot, help the child to sit down and lean their head forwards. This stops the blood running down the back of the throat, which makes one feel sick.
  2. Then get them to pinch the soft, middle part of the nose (behind the nostrils) between their thumb and finger for about 10 minutes. If the bleeding continues, reapply the pressure for another 10 minutes.
  3. Ice or a damp cloth on the back of the person’s neck often helps to stop bleeding.
  4. Once the blood has stopped, tell them not to scratch or blow their nose as this will start it bleeding again.
  5. If the bleeding has still not stopped they will need medical attention because the nose may be broken.
  6. Wash blood off the person’s face and hands with clean, lukewarm water. Clean the nose area as well, but do not remove the caked blood inside the nose as this may start the bleeding again.
  7. Do not stuff tissues into the nose to stop bleeding as these will stick to the drying blood and then when you remove them you may pull the scab off and the nose will start bleeding again.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY MEDICAL ADVISER, PUBLISHED BY READER’S DIGEST ASSOCIATION SOUTH AFRICA, 1983.

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