Although they can be scary, nosebleeds are common in children and usually aren't serious. Most stop on their own and can be treated safely at home. Nosebleeds occur more often in winter and when the air is dry.
To help prevent dryness in the nose, use saline (saltwater) nasal spray or drops (or put petroleum jelly on the inside edges of the nostrils), and use a humidifier in your child's bedroom. Discourage nose picking and keep kids' fingernails short.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
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