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Nose bleeds

Hello, my son who is 2 years and 7 months old has had 4 nose bleeds in the last 8 days. 1)First nose bleed was when we were travelling on London underground train and he was asleep. 2) Second nose bleed was a day or two later whilst he was sleep during the middle of night. 3) In car whilst he was asleep (05-Sept-2015) 4) In the middle of the night whilst asleep(06-Spet-2015) I am really concerned about the nose bleeds even though the bleeding stops after 2-3 mins. Please advice, what should I do?

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The answer

Nosebleeds are fairly common and children between 2 and 10 years of age can be affected. Common causes of nosebleeds are a minor injury to the nose or changes in humidity or temperature causing the inside of the nose to become dry and cracked. Sometimes, a viral infection with a runny or blocked nose, can also cause nosebleeds.

In few cases, regular nosebleeds can be the symptoms of some serious medical conditions. A referral to an ENT specialist can be considered if the nosebleeds continue and are heavy. The standard treatments are cautery and nasal packing.

To prevent the nosebleeds, try some of these useful tips:Blow your nose gently; Apply Petroleum Jelly such as Vaseline inside the nostrils so it can keep the nose moist inside.

I would suggest to book an appointment with your GP so he can examine your son. In this way the doctor can establish the cause of his nosebleeds and suggested further interventions or treatment if needed.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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