Your quick guide to stopping a nosebleed

Nosebleeds can seem very traumatic to toddlers - here's how to stem the flow quickly and calmly


Nosebleeds can result in a lot of blood – a scary prospect for little ones. Your child may have knocked their nose, picked it too much or blown their nose too much.


A recent survey suggests 70% of parents don’t know basic first aid. So, we’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide so you can be prepared for one common ailment, the nosebleed:

  1. Sit them down: this reduces blood pressure in the head (lying down will make it worse!).
  2. Pinch the end of the nose: squeeze the soft part, not the bridge of the nose for 10 minutes. This puts pressure on the broken vein and enables it to clot or scab. If old enough, he may be able to do this himself. 
  3. Play break: your little one should rest and avoid touching, picking or blowing their nose for a few days. 
  4. Repeat if his nose bleeds again.

See a doctor if…

  • Your child has something stuck up his nose – a doctor should remove this.
  • You suspect your child’s nose might be broken. 
  • If the bleeding won’t stop. 
  • If there’s other bleeding from the head, too.

For more info and to watch a video demonstration visit the British Red Cross website

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