They can be scary, but nosebleeds are common in children and usually aren't serious. Most stop on their own and can be cared for at home. Nosebleeds happen more often in winter and when the air is dry. What to Do Have your child sit up with his or her head tilted slightly forward. Do not have your child lean back — this may cause gagging, coughing, or vomiting. Pinch the soft part of the nose at the bottom of the nostrils for at least 10 minutes. Get Medical Care if Your Child: has nosebleeds often may have put something in the nose bruises easily or has heavy bleeding from minor wounds recently started a new medicine Get Emergency Medical Care if Bleeding: is heavy happens along with dizziness or paleness continues after two or three times of applying pressure for 10 minutes each is the result of a blow to the head or a fall Think Prevention! Keep the inside of your child's nose moist with saline (saltwater) nasal spray or gel, or dab petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment gently around the opening of the nostrils. You also can use a humidifier in your child's bedroom. Discourage nose picking and keep kids' fingernails short. Back to Articles Related Articles First Aid: Falls Although most result in mild bumps and bruises, some falls can cause serious injuries that need medical attention. Read More First Aid: Head Injuries Learn about the different types of head injuries, and find out what to do if your child is seriously injuried. Read More Nosebleeds Ever get a nosebleed? Lots of kids have had at least one. To learn more, follow your nose to this article for kids. Read More Hemophilia Hemophilia is a rare bleeding disorder that prevents the blood from clotting properly. With modern treatment, most kids who have it can lead full, healthy lives. Read More Nosebleeds Although nosebleeds are usually harmless and easily controlled, it may look like a gallon of blood is coming from your nose! Read this article to find out what causes nosebleeds and how to stop them. Read More Nosebleeds A nosebleed can be scary, but it's rarely cause for alarm. Here's how to handle one at home. Read More What's Blood? It swirls through your veins and arteries, but what is it really? Find out about blood in this article for kids. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.