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What do I do if my daughter gets a bloody nose?

Q: What do I do if my daughter gets a bloody nose?

A: The first thing to do is probably the hardest: relax. Nosebleeds are very common. They look scary, but treating them is relatively simple. Use a soothing voice to calm your child. Then take a tissue or washcloth in your hand, and apply some pressure on the lower soft part of her nose. Tilt her chin towards her chest.

Yes, tilt her head forward. Many people believe the head is supposed to be tilted back during a nosebleed. Actually, that would cause your daughter to swallow the blood, which could lead to an upset stomach and vomiting.

Instead, tilt her head forward and hold it there with pressure on the lower soft part of her nose for a few minutes. For added comfort, you may want to put another washcloth on her forehead or over her neck. In a few minutes, she should be fine. However, go to an emergency room if the bleeding lasts for longer than 15 minutes.

A bloody nose usually results from a child picking at it. Bloody noses can be more of a problem during dry weather, when nasal passages are more easily irritated. They are usually nothing to worry about.

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