Early last week, while on our way to an event, I noticed something wet on my arms and saw drops of blood. Leia's nose bled for the very first time while I held her seated at the backseat. I must say that I did panic, because I did not realize soon that it was really her nose bleeding. To my luck, it was my mom who was with us then, and she was just calm while we clean and wipe Leia's nose. This because, she experienced us having nose bleeds too when we were little and it was normal during summer. I also called my brother (Richmond) and my good friend Issa (a doctor) for tips on how to handle things better. So what really caused Leia's nose to bleed and how can I avoid it in the future? Here's what I found out.
Nosebleeds are very common in kids, specially when there's very dry air and when the weather is hot too. Normally, it just stops on it's own but when you're outside, it could be very uncomfortable and might be scary too when you don't have help. What are the things you can do and how to prepare, specially now that summer is here. I've listed basic steps you can follow.
What to do :
1. Keep calm and focused. Don't panic.
2. Check your child and talk to her. Ask what she's feeling.
3. Pinch the nose and put pressure to stop the bleeding. Blood may still flow until it completely stops.
4. Do not let your child lie down to avoid blood to flow in the throat.
5. Avoid rough play. Let your child relax and stay put for a while.
What are the causes :
1. Dry air or heated indoor air that irritates the nasal membrane
2. Colds with irritation due to nose blowing
3. Allergies which often lead to medications that dries out the passageway
4. Accdients hitting the nose area
5. Excessive nose picking that are common to small kids
How to avoid :
1. Eat healthy to avoid getting colds and nasal irritations
2. It is necessary to use a Cool-mist humidifier inside the room specially when using the air-con.
3. Maintain short fingernails and avoid scratching the nose or nose-picking
4. Dampen the inside of the nose with saline spray when necessary
5. Wear protective gear when needed for safety and away from accidents or injuries.
6. Make sure your kids are refreshed and hydrated all the time.
7. Dress for the weather, avoid layering if applicable.
While most nose bleeds can be managed at home, the above-mentioned guide may not be suitable for every situation. Nosebleeds are often not serious but there may be another cause for it which may only be identified thru tests or a doctor. Remember to seek medical assistance if the nose is heavily-bleeding or if it bleeds very often already.
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