How to help with a nose bleed

How to help with a nose bleed


Small children often get nose bleeds, particularly if they are running around and getting hot and excited. Little ones have very small blood vessels in their noses which frequently dilate and burst when the children get very warm. Some children are more prone to nose bleeds than others and if they become a repeated problem, if you consult your doctor, it is possible to medically seal off some of the tiny blood vessels. Usually children become less prone to nose bleeds as they get bigger.


Children often pick and poke their noses, run into things and to each other, all of which can result in bleeding noses.Weight lifters, people undertaking strenuous exercise, combat and contact sports and people with high blood pressure may also be more prone to nose bleeds.

If someone has a nose bleed:

  • Be very calm and reassuring.
  • Encourage them to sit down.
  • Grab something to catch the blood
  • Lean the casualty forward pinching the bridge of the nose. Leaning them forward whilst applying pressure to the nose, will allow you to see when the bleeding has stopped and will avoid the blood trickling down the back of their throat which could make them sick. You should apply pressure externally on the nose to try and push the leaking blood vessel against the inside of the nose to compress it and stop it bleeding.
  • Keep changing your grip until you have got to a point where no blood is coming out.
  • Keep applying pressure for at least 10 minutes,
  • Release pressure slightly and if it starts to bleed again, hold for another 10 minutes and then a further 10 minutes if necessary.



If it really won’t stop bleeding you will need medical help.

Advise them not to pick, poke or blow the nose. If it starts again, you will have to apply pressure once again.


Special situation!

If the nose bleed has been caused by trauma, or a punch in the face, you may not be able to stop the bleeding – you need to apply pressure and try and reduce the amount of blood coming out as loss of blood is dangerous. Apply a wrapped ice pack, keep applying pressure and get Medical help.


Written by Emma Hammett for First Aid for Life and www.onlinefirstaid.com

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