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Baby’s Nose bleeds During Their Sleep : What to Do ?

As the nasal mucosa is quite vulnerable due to the irrigation of the nostrils by very fragile blood vessels, both young and old may suffer from nosebleeds. A baby’s nose bleeds even more easily during their sleep because of shocks and gestures such as rubbing their nose, which they do without realizing it during the night, but also because their nasal mucosa is more fragile than that of an adult.

Preventing the Risks of Nosebleeds in Infants

To prevent the risks and – especially – to be able to anticipate when your child starts bleeding from the nose while sleeping, it’s recommended to equip yourself with a first-aid treatment that you can find at the pharmacy and which can be used on children over the age of 2. Useful for treating epistaxis in children, it will also be helpful for the rest of the family.

In addition, make sure to keep your baby’s nails short, so that they can’t damage their nasal mucosa during their sleep when they touch their nose. During the night, make sure their nostrils are always moist enough by using a nasal gel or a saline solution.

What to do When your Baby Has a Nosebleed

  • – Put your baby in a seated position against a cushion in their crib or highchair
  • – Keep your child’s head in a natural position and very slightly tilted forward
  • – Blow your baby’s nose carefully but not very forcefully to clean their nostrils and remove the clots, if present.

If your child is under 2 years of age, pinch both nostrils at the level of the nose bone for about ten minutes, so that the flow stops naturally.

If they are over 2 years of age, insert the nozzle of the tube of your first-aid treatment into the bleeding nostril to a depth of about 1 centimetre.

Squeeze the tube gently to insert all the gel while exerting a slight pressure on both nostrils. Leave the nozzle in place until the blood flow stops. The idea is to promote natural blood clotting by exerting pressure on the nasal mucosa and the blood vessels.

Once the nosebleed has stopped, wipe off the excess gel that has flowed out of the nostril, but let the remaining gel inside the nose be eliminated naturally.

Because a nosebleed is often a very shocking phenomenon for your little ones, make sure to reassure your child with soft words or by explaining to them what a nosebleed is if they’re old enough to understand.

Actions to Avoid

If you suspect that the nosebleed is due to a small object inserted into your baby’s nostril, above all, don’t try to remove the object or administer any treatments to them, as this could make the situation worse. In such cases, take them to the pediatric emergency room or to a doctor as soon as possible, where special equipment will be used by the staff to remove the object.

Definitely do not push your child’s head back, because contrary to conventional wisdom, tilting the head back during a nosebleed makes the blood flow into the throat.

Don’t put cotton, tissue, or a compress in your child’s nostril, as the nosebleed will return as soon as you remove it. This may also disrupt your ability to know whether it’s an ordinary nosebleed or a nosebleed related to a disorder.

Finally, if your baby experiences regular nosebleeds, and if these persist or are accompanied by pallor or sweating, don’t hesitate to take your child for thorough medical examinations, because in rare cases, nosebleeds can be caused by high blood pressure or poor blood clotting.