From a simple bloody nose to a laceration caused by an accident, nose injuries may occur both inside and outside of the nose. It’s also not uncommon for young children to get small items, such as toilet tissue or peas stuck up their nose.
In the case of a simple nose bleed, have the child sit with his head tilted slightly forward. Apply firm, steady pressure by squeezing both nostrils between your thumb and index finger for 5 minutes. If the bleeding continues or is heavy, call the child’s pediatrician or seek emergency care.
Children may experience swelling, bruising or bleeding of the nose with or without a nose fracture. To stop bleeding, apply pressure. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the child’s nose for no longer than 20 minutes.
If a child has a foreign object stuck up his nose, do not put anything up the child’s nose and do not try to remove an object that you can’t see or that isn’t easy to grasp. Instead, ask the child to breathe through his mouth. Gently cover the nostril that does not have the object in it and ask the child to blow gently. If the object doesn’t dislodge, get medical help.