6 Natural Ways to Prevent Nose Bleeds in Children

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Allergy season is a time when nose bleeds, also known as epistaxis, occur often.  Your child may have a spontaneous nosebleed, bleed after blowing their nose, or wake in the morning with dried blood on their nose, pillow or bedding. Nosebleeds associated with allergies are often due to dryness in the nose.  They may also occur if you live in a dry climate, if your child picks their nose (I don’t know a child who doesn’t) or if they're taking medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.  While nosebleeds are annoying there are a few easy ways to prevent those associated with dryness and allergies. 1. If nosebleeds occur at night or if you live in a dry climate I would recommend using a humidifier in your child’s room at night.   Make sure to take proper care of your humidifier and clean it regularly.  Turn it off in the morning to allow your child’s room to air out during the day.  For help selecting the right humidifier visit What to Look for in a Humidifier at Boogordoctor.com. 2. Another way to soothe and  moisturize the nasal passages is to use a saline nasal rinse, like a neti pot.  Nasal rinsing will also help clean pollen and other allergens out of the nasal passages.  This may be difficult for some children in the beginning, but gentle coaxing and persistence will pay off.   Your child might really like the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure nasal rinsing system which offers an alternative to the neti pot.   



3. Nasya Oil -  Nasya oil is a traditional ayurvedic remedy for dry sinuses and chronic congestion (for a brand of Nasya oil I trust Click Here).  Immerse the entire bottle of oil in warm to hot water to warm the oil.  Once the oil is warmed, apply a couple drops of the oil in the nose and gently message or tap the outside of the nose, working the oil into the sinus passage to help to moisten them.  Applying nasya oil after a nasal rinse in the morning and once again before bed is very helpful for dry nasal passages.  Here is a video on how to apply nasya oil:

Nasya Oil from Scott Blossom on Vimeo.

Nasya Oil from Doctor Blossom on Vimeo. 4. Vitamin C and bioflavinoids will help strengthen capillaries, making them less prone to bleeding.  Eating citrus fruits with the pith, bell peppers, apples, watermelon, garlic and onions are an easy way to get extra Vitamin C and bioflavinoids in the diet. 5. Vitamin K can help with proper blood clotting.  You can get added vitamin K in your child’s diet by incorporating homemade sauerkraut, grass-fed animal fats like homemade lard, raw dairy butter and raw cheese.  Vitamin K is also found in dark green leafy vegetables and cereal grasses like barley, wheat and oat grass.  Slipping some greens powder into a smoothie is a delicious way to get more vitamin K. 6. Nettles Leaf Tea is a preventative treatment for nosebleeds as it will help strengthen capillaries and is beneficial for treating allergies.  Give 1/2 cup of tea 2 - 3 times per day until nosebleeds subside. Each child’s situation is unique and if you find that your child is not responding to the recommendations above contact a qualified pediatric health practitioner for custom remedies.  In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) there are several different herbal remedies that are helpful in treating frequent bloody noses.  See our Pediatric Acupuncture Directory to find an acupuncturist near you who can prescribe a custom TCM herbal formula for your child.

Red Flag

If your child has persistent, long-lasting or worsening nosebleeds or difficulty breathing with nose bleeds please contact your pediatrician for evaluation.  Also check out 8 Reasons to See a Physician for Your Child’s Nosebleeds at Boogordoctor.com.

 Dose someone in your family suffer from nose bleeds?  Share Your Story in the Comments Below.

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12 comments

timsarmywifey Apr 9, 2013 05:22am
My daughter used to have frequent nosebleeds, aside from the above one of the best things we found to stop a bleed is Young Living's Geranium oil -- she has her own bottle now, but all she has to do is sniff it for a few seconds and she has not had a bleed last longer than a minute or so since we got it! Truly it's amazing ....
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Robin Green Apr 9, 2013 09:59am
I had never heard of that, but was a simple solution. That's great! What made you decide to try geranium essential oil?
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James Robinson Oct 15, 2013 08:04am
I remember how we used to freak out whenever my son suffers from nose bleeds. These sure are great tips.
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susan barkley Dec 11, 2013 08:41am
We use Young Living's Lavender, it stops it in just a few seconds too. LOVE this oil!!
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Um Ibrahim Apr 1, 2015 10:21am
Interesting article! My son is 6 months old and he's suffering fom congestion for the longest time now. He's doctor said his nose is swollen from the inside which is what is causing the congestion. I've tried humidifiers, saline drops but nothing gives him long term relief. I would like to try the Nasya oil mentioned in your article, but is it safe for babies that 6months old? How young is too young?
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Rachel VanDusen Apr 2, 2015 09:58am
Our experience has been positive using this oil for children 5 and up. We do not practice using this oil in younger children, though you should speak with your local health care provider.
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My 11 yr old son is also facing problem of frequent nosebleed (every 15-20 days). We have tried installing humidifier, it works a bit for mantaining humidity but its effects are still not clear. Will try to use neti pot and other measures suggested and post the results for use by others
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I'm a little nervous using an oil with my son due to the risk of lipid pneumonia. What are your thoughts on using pure aloe Vera gel in the nose to moisturize and soothe a dry, crusty nose prone to nosebleeds ?
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Rachel VanDusen Nov 12, 2015 01:04pm
Without seeing the condition your son is in, I can't give too much advice, but the use of aloe (make sure it is a pure aloe gel and does not contain added ingredients like alcohol!) should work just fine. If symptoms continue or become concerning, please have him see a local practitioner! Warmly, Robin
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