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Pediatric Nosebleeds

Key points about nosebleeds

  • A nosebleed is bleeding from tissues inside the nose (nasal mucus membranes) caused by a broken blood vessel.
  • A nosebleed can look scary, but is usually not a serious problem. Nosebleeds are common in children. They happen more often in dry climates and they also happen more during the winter.
  • Nosebleeds can be caused by many things, such as dry air, nose picking and allergies. In many cases, no specific cause for a nosebleed is found.
  • To help prevent nosebleeds, run a cool mist humidifier in your child's room at night, if the air in your home is dry. Teach your child not to pick his or her nose or blow it too hard. Apply petroleum jelly inside your child’s nostrils several times a day.

Caring for Your Child with Nosebleeds

Learn how to stop a nosebleed and read about our recommended nosebleed home treatment plan in this helpful nosebleeds guide.


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Meet the Providers Who Treat Nosebleeds

Departments that Treat Nosebleeds

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Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.