February is KidsENT Health Month.
Feb 2020 focus is on Epistaxis – another word for nosebleed, which can commonly occur in children.
Follow these steps to stop a nosebleed:
1. Stay calm, or help a young child stay calm. A person who is
agitated may bleed more profusely than someone who feels
reassured and supported.
2. Sit up and keep the head higher than the level of the heart.
3. Lean forward slightly so the blood doesn’t drain into the back of the throat.
4. Gently blow any clotted blood out of the nose. Spray the nose with a nasal decongestant; oxymetazoline is the active ingredient in most over-the-counter sprays.
5. Using the thumb and index finger, pinch all the soft parts
of the nose.
6. Hold the position for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding,
hold it again for an additional 10 minutes.
If the bleeding persists, seek treatment from an ENT doctor.
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