It is very scary to see blood coming out of your child’s nose. You would feel panicky and immediately think of rushing your child to the doctor.
Though it may not seem like it at that moment, it is very common for children to suffer from nose bleeding. This can happen in extreme summers or in dry winter months as well. The blood vessels inside the nose are very delicate and can rupture easily due to change in temperature. Although a nosebleed can occur at any age, children between the ages of 2-10 are most susceptible to it. So, mommies take a breath and don’t think that the worst is going to happen.
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Note: If your child is too small to understand breathing through the nose, then do the pinching at small intervals. It may be difficult but you need to ignore child’s crying and keep pinching. Blood clotting takes time and you need to be patient. Distract the child and make him sit in an upright position with the head tilted backward.
Most nosebleeds are harmless and can be taken care of at home itself. If your child’s nose bleed doesn’t stop within 15 minutes then it is time to visit the doctor. Before we see the home remedies for treating nosebleed, let us understand why they happen in the first place.
Most of the times, a nose-bleed starts inside the nose but you don’t get to know till the blood spills out. Here are some of the probable symptoms of a nose-bleed that are felt beforehand:
An occasional nosebleed is harmless but if a child gets nose-bleeding more than twice a week, he/she must be taken to an E.N.T specialist for further investigation of the problem. When children get a nose bleed, most moms look for home remedies. Home remedies can easily cure the occasional nosebleed without having to visit the doctor.
This is the most effective way to stop a nosebleed as the cold temperature shrinks the blood vessels of the nasal passage and this slows down the flow of blood. Make your child sit upright and press a few cubes of ice wrapped in a cloth, on the nose. You can also apply an ice pack.
Saline water is very helpful for clearing a blocked nose. You can rinse the child’s nose with saline water to get rid of any blockage. It will help to decrease the irritation of the membranes of the nose and also calm the inner linings of the nose along with adding some moisture to it. Just add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1/2 cup water, mix well and put 2-3 drops of it into each nostril.
Basil, holy basil or Tulsi is one of the most effective medicinal herbs of India and it acts as a tonic for the nerves of the nose. It also removes the phlegm from the bronchial tubes and soothes the nerves. Squeeze the water from a few basil leaves and apply 1-2 drops on each nostril.
This might sound awful but lemon juice is a great natural remedy to control nose-bleeding. Lemon juice has a very amount of Vitamin C and it helps to toughen the blood capillaries inside the nose. Take a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice and put 2-3 drops in each of the nostrils.
In case you are not able to get Tulsi or lemon juice, then use nasal drops are the best option. They can easily be carried anywhere and applied into the nostrils. During extreme climates like summer and winter, it is a good preventive measure to keep putting a couple of drops of nasal drops in your child’s nose everyday.
Once the bleeding stops, educate the child that he/she should not pick the nose or blow it to hard else it might start bleeding again. During very hot summers and even in winters, run a humidifier in your child’s room. The humidifier will reduce dryness in the environment and help to prevent nosebleeds.
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