Basic first aid: Nose bleeds

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Nose bleed

1. Sit the child down and tilt their head forward so the blood drains from the nose.

2. Get them to breathe through their mouth and pinch the soft part of their nose below the bridge for 10 minutes.

3. When the bleeding stops, clean their face. Tell them not to speak, cough or sniff because this might disturb the blood clots which have formed in the nose and make the nose start bleeding again.

Top tips:
- Don't tilt the head back, because blood can go back down the throat and make them feel sick.
- If bleeding doesn't stop after the first 10 minutes, pinch the nose for another 10 minutes and then another 10 after that.
- If the child's nose is still bleeding after 30 minutes, you should take them to casualty or your doctor.

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Sources and advice:
St John Ambulance
BBC Health

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