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How to treat a nose­bleed

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Special Report -

When your tot is bleed­ing from the nose it can be a scary ex­pe­ri­ence. Soothe him, as cry­ing can make the bleed­ing worse.

Ap­ply pres­sure to the nos­trils with your in­dex fin­ger and thumb to stop blood flow. En­sure he is sit­ting up and lean­ing for­ward as you ap­ply pres­sure. Keep hold­ing the nos­trils for 10 min­utes – don’t relieve the pres­sure to see if the bleed­ing has stopped. Re­peat this process; most nose­bleeds will stop be­tween 10 and 20 min­utes af­ter pres­sure has been ap­plied.

If the bleed­ing has stopped, en­sure he doesn’t pick his nose or have steamy baths or show­ers for the next 24 hours.

If the bleed­ing con­tin­ues, take him to the GP or emer­gency, where the bleed­ing can be stemmed with an oint­ment or dress­ing.

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