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The best way to stop a nosebleed is to lean forward and pinch the bony part of the nose for 15 minutes.

The best way to stop a nosebleed is to lean forward and pinch the bony part of the nose for 15 minutes.
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A nosebleed caused by a foreign object

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Children often like to experiment by placing object up their nose. If the objects are small and fit neatly into the nostrils, they can become stuck.

If this happens you should not try to remove the object yourself. Pushing an object, especially a sharp one, up the nose, can cause damage that leads to bleeding from the nose.

If the object falls back into the throat and you start to choke, call an ambulance on triple zero (000). If the object contains chemicals (like a battery) or is a bean (which can swell) you should go to the Emergency Department.

Looking after yourself

You should go to your emergency department or your doctor as soon as possible. Before you go, here is some first aid advice.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your nosebleed that has been caused by a foreign object, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

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Last reviewed: November 2017

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