Nosebleeds occur more often during the winter because the air is dry, your child's nose lining is dry or your child has a cold or infection. Picking the nose can also cause nosebleeds.

How to stop a nosebleed

  • Have your child sit straight in a chair, leaning forward.
  • Have your child pinch the soft part of his nose firmly.
  • Put the thumb and index finger of one hand in the crease between the nose and cheek.
  • Pinch the nostrils together firmly.
  • One side of the finger and thumb should feel the nose bone.
  • Hold the nose this way for 10 minutes.
  • Do not let your child blow his nose or remove the blood clot.

If your child's nosebleed is the result of an accident, follow the directions above. After the bleeding stops, look at your child's nose for swelling, cut or a break.

If your child's nose is broken, call your health care provider for an appointment or go to the hospital emergency department.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. For inclusivity, this guide uses "them" and "their."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016