First Aid for a Nosebleeds

A bloody nose is common in both children and adults. Most nosebleeds are not serious, especially in children. Yet, adults can have nosebleeds related to high blood pressure or hardening of the arteries, and it may be more difficult to stop them.

First Aid for a Nosebleed

  1. Ask the person sit down and lean his or her head forward. This will reduce pressure in the nasal veins and slow the bleeding.
  2. Have them push the bleeding nostril firmly against the septum (the dividing wall in the nose). If the person is unable to do this, put on latex gloves and hold the nose for him or her for five to 10 minutes.
  3. Once the nose stops bleeding, instruct the person not to blow his or her nose for several days at least for 24 hours. This could dislodge the clot and cause bleeding to begin again.
  4. Seek medical help for a nosebleed if bleeding does not stop after about 20 minutes.

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