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When should you take your child to the ER for a nose bleed?

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In some cases, your child might need emergency care for a nose bleed. Take him to an ER if:

  • He’s bleeding heavily and/or feels dizzy or weak.
  • It happened because of a fall or an injury.
  • The bleeding won’t stop, even after two attempts to put pressure on his nose for 10 minutes at a time.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Nosebleeds: When to see a doctor.”

KidsHealth.org: “Nosebleeds.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? -- Nosebleed.”

University of Utah Health Care / The Scope: “ER or Not: Nosebleed.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Nosebleeds: When to see a doctor.”

KidsHealth.org: “Nosebleeds.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? -- Nosebleed.”

University of Utah Health Care / The Scope: “ER or Not: Nosebleed.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 7, 2019

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