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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for a nosebleed, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

A nosebleed can occur following a blow to the nose, or from picking it.


Pinch the soft part of the child’s nose and ask them to lean forward.

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Pinching the nose will help the blood to clot. Leaning them forward will prevent blood from entering the child’s airway or stomach. Ask the child to breathe through their mouth and to spit out any blood in their mouth.


Continue to pinch the soft part of their nose for ten minutes.


Seek medical advice if the bleeding continues for more than half an hour.

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