First Aid for Nosebleeds

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nosebleeds are fairly common, particularly in children, and can often be treated at home. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about stopping nosebleeds in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nosebleeds are a common and frightening problem. Most nose bleeding will stop if people follow these simple steps:

Pinch the soft parts of the nose together between your thumb and index finger.

Press firmly toward the facecompressing the pinched parts of the nose against the bones of the face.

Hold the nose for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary until the nose has stopped bleeding.

Sit quietly, keeping the head higher than the level of the heart. Do not lie flat or put your head between your legs.

Apply crushed ice in a plastic bag or washcloth to nose and cheeks.

To prevent the nose from bleeding again immediately:

Rest with your head elevated at 30 to 45 degrees.

Do not strain or bend down to lift anything heavy, and

Try to keep your head higher than the level of your heart.

If bleeding persists, seek medical attention.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.