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 their 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 their nose or remove the blood clot.

If your child's nosebleed is the result of an accident, follow the instructions 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, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5, sixth edition, ped-ah-91554
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 11/16/2022