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Nosebleeds in children - What are the symptoms of frequent nosebleeds in children?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Most children get nosebleeds from time to time. And you'll know the symptoms: bleeding from the nose, which stops after a few minutes.

It is more difficult to know if your child's nosebleeds are frequent. Unfortunately there is no agreed-on definition of what doctors mean by frequent nosebleeds.

You should know how to deal with a nosebleed when it happens, using simple first aid. For more, see How to treat a nosebleed. There are also treatments to prevent nosebleeds if your child has them regularly.

When should I get medical help for my child's nosebleed?

Occasionally your child might need to see a doctor for immediate treatment of a nosebleed.

Seek medical help straight away if:[5][6]

  • The bleeding does not stop after 15 or 20 minutes (your child may need further treatment from a doctor to stop the bleeding)

  • The bleeding is unusually severe

  • The bleeding was caused by an injury (the nose may be broken or there may be other injuries that are not easy to see but that need immediate treatment).

If you're worried about your child getting repeated nosebleeds, you may want to take him or her to see a doctor, especially if the nosebleeds are becoming more common.[6] The doctor will try to find the cause for the nosebleeds and talk to you about treatments that might help prevent them.


For references related to Nosebleeds in children click here.
Last Updated: June 21, 2012
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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