EAR/NOSE/THROAT :: Childhood Nose and Throat Illnesses
Nosebleeds can be a scary occurrence, but are usually not dangerous. The medical term for nosebleed is epistaxis. They are fairly common in children, especially in dry climates or during the winter months when dry heat inside homes and buildings can cause drying, cracking, or crusting inside the nose. Many times, children outgrow the tendency for nosebleeds during their teenage years.
The front part of the nose contains many fragile blood vessels that can be damaged easily. Most nosebleeds in children occur in the front part of the nose close to the nostrils.
What causes a nosebleed?
Nosebleeds are caused by many factors, but some of the most common causes include the following:
Many times no apparent cause for a nosebleed can be found.
First-aid for nosebleeds:
When should I call my child's physician?
Specific treatment for nosebleeds, that require more than minor treatment at home, will be determined by your child's physician. In general, call your child's physician for nosebleeds if:
Prevention of nosebleeds:
If your child has frequent nosebleeds, some general guidelines to help prevent nosebleeds from occurring include the following:
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