accessibility & help

Baby and Child First Aid

Questions and answers about first aid for babies and children: nosebleed

Here are some questions people often ask. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to email us at firstaid@redcross.org.uk or use this form.

Q

Why don’t you tilt the head backwards to treat a nosebleed?

Answer
Answer

Tilting the head backward may cause blood to enter the airway or stomach, which may cause them to choke or feel sick. The head should be tilted forward during a nosebleed.

Close
Q

Should I be concerned if my child’s nose starts to bleed again soon after it has stopped?

Answer
Answer

Not necessarily. If a child’s nose starts to bleed again soon after stopping, it may be because they knocked, blew or picked their nose, or because the blood had not properly clotted in the first instance. Treat the nosebleed again, and then advise them to sit quietly to give the nose time to heal. If the bleeding continues for more than 30 minutes, seek medical advice.

Close
Q

What should I do if my child wants to blow their nose after a nosebleed?

Answer
Answer

Encourage them not to blow their nose as this may cause it to start bleeding again.

Close

Why not explore more?

Related Tags:

Related

First aid symbol

Baby and Child First Aid app

An adult hand holding a baby's hand, with screenshot of the Baby and Child First Aid app

Keep the little ones safe with our free first aid app for Apple and Android.

View more >

Fast first aid tips

Child rolled on their side

All the important information on Baby and Child First Aid at your fingertips. Print it out and put it on your wall!

Fast first aid tips >

Take the quiz

Child being given chest thrusts

How much have you learned about Baby and Child First Aid? Take the quiz and find out.

Test your skills >