Children often get nosebleeds, and this can make them quite distressed. However, most nosebleeds do not last very long and are very mild.
Older people and people with medical conditions, such as blood disorders or those taking blood-thinning medicines, can also be more likely to experience nosebleeds. In these cases the bleeding can be severe and medical assistance may be needed to stop the bleeding.
Nosebleeds can often occur if you:
- pick your nose
- blow your nose too hard
- strain too hard on the toilet
- have an infection in the nose, throat or sinuses
- receive a bump, knock or blow to the head or face
- have a cold
- have a bunged-up or stuffy nose from an allergy.
- are taking some types of medicines, such as anti-inflammatories or nose sprays.
Get information on nosebleed treatments.
Nosebleeds in children
A child with a nosebleed may be very frightened or distressed about it. Try to comfort and reassure your children that nosebleeds are very common and lots of other kids get them. It doesn’t mean they are ill, and they will get better very soon.
Children often like to experiment by pushing items up their noses. If an item becomes stuck in your child’s nose, you should not try to remove the object yourself. You should take the child to your nearest doctor or emergency department for further treatment.
Learn more about a nosebleed caused by a foreign object.
Recurring nosebleeds can be a nuisance, but are usually nothing to worry about. However, you should discuss it with your doctor as they may want to investigate that there is no underlying medical condition which is causing the bleeds.
If your nosebleeds persist and become a problem, you may need treatment, such as surgery to cauterise (burn) the blood vessels in the nose. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Suspect deliberate injury?
If you suspect that your child’s nosebleeds were caused deliberately rather than by accident, you should seek help from a healthcare professional as soon as possible. Consider talking to your doctor, community nurse, emergency department or school nurse.
If you are unsure who to speak to, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 to discuss your concerns with a registered nurse.
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Last reviewed: November 2017