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Epistaxis in Pediatrics

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Epistaxis in Pediatrics

  • Nosebleeds are usually not a cause for alarm as they occur when the blood vessels in the nose become irritated or damaged.
  • Common triggers include dry air picking or blowing the nose forcefully, allergies, and nasal infections.
  • Management includes:
    • Staying calm.
    • Sitting up straight, leaning slightly forward to prevent blood from flowing down the throat.
    • Pinching the nostrils together and applying gentle pressure for about 10 minutes can help stop the bleeding.
  • Prevention includes:
    • Keeping the air moist with a humidifier.
    • Using saline nasal sprays can help prevent dryness.
    • Avoiding nose picking or blowing forcefully.
  • If nosebleeds occur frequently, are severe, or last longer than 20 minutes despite applying pressure, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
  • Monitor for signs of excessive blood loss, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, or paleness, which may warrant immediate medical attention. | (855) 576-8745