As a parent, any time you see your child bleeding it can feel like an emergency situation. Your first instinct when you see that your child has a nosebleed may be to rush them to the pediatrician to be evaluated and looked at. However, not every nosebleed is an emergency requiring a trip to the children's clinic. Get to know some of the reasons that you child may be getting frequent nosebleeds so that you can better care for their health and take them to their pediatrician's office when the situation calls for it.
Allergies are one of the most common causes of frequent nosebleeds in children. When your child suffers from season allergies that cause congestion, itching, and discomfort, the blood vessels and other tissues of their nose can become inflamed and irritated.
This can cause their nose to bleed. Your child may also be blowing their nose frequently or if they are young, picking their nose which all can contribute to your child's nose bleeding. If your child has allergies and gets nosebleeds often, antihistamines and decongestants can help with the issue.
You may also want to consider taking your child to an allergist to determine whether or not they need allergy shots or other prescription allergy treatments. Allergy shots can help to reduce the severity of your child's allergies and may in turn reduce their nosebleeds.
Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura is an autoimmune disorder that affects the platelets in the blood. The immune system mistakenly attacks the platelets which makes it difficult for the blood to clot and can cause excessive bleeding. It is a condition that can occur after a viral infection, but is not considered an infection itself, meaning it is not contagious.
One of the common symptoms of this condition in children is nosebleeds. If your child has frequent nosebleeds that are difficult to stop or control, as well as frequent bruising, bleeding gums, or blood in the urine, then you will want to take them to their pediatrician for tests and evaluation as soon as possible. This condition could become serious without proper management, but may clear up within two to six months in most children with management and care.
If your child still suffers from frequent nosebleeds, it is a good idea to still visit a pediatric clinic like Kitsap Children's Clinic LLP to figure out the reason for the nosebleeds.Share