Nose Bleeding Causes in Children: All You Need To Know 

It is quite anxious to see your child with a bleeding nose. But do you know that most of the nosebleeding issues in children are not that serious and pass with time? If not, this article is just for you and can answer most of your questions as a concerned parent.

Even if it is not that common, nosebleeding in children can be commonly seen for a duration of around 5-10 minutes. According to many healthcare experts and pediatric specialists, if your kid is not facing any other major health issues, nosebleeding is not something that needs to be afraid of.

However, it is really important to understand the major causes of nosebleeding in children and check for them while your kid approaches you with a bleeding nose. This will help you ensure that there is nothing serious and give the treatment accordingly. 

Common Causes Of Nosebleeding In Children

  1. Scratching Nose 

Since children have the habit of scratching their noses, especially on the insides, it is highly likely that they hurt the delicate surfaces there. They might not have known the appropriate intensity to do the scratching, causing the harm to cross certain levels and thus making visible bleeding.

Nose scratching in Children

Just like many other cases of nosebleeding in children, this may also subside after 5-10 minutes. If the bleeding continues beyond control, make sure to seek the help of an expert doctor as soon as possible.

It is also important to ask them about the scratching and bleeding in detail since this would help the doctor in diagnosis and treatment, significantly. 

  1. Nose rubbing 

Nose rubbing is also a habit seen among children. Even if the child is rubbing the nose gently without causing much pressure on the nose, sometimes these rubbings may lead to bleeding. Do you wonder why? This is because of the nose-rubbing frequency of the child.

Since the tissues and blood vessels of the region are quite vulnerable, and even more vulnerable when it comes to the case of children, repeated rubbing of the nose, even a moderate pressure may lead to nose bleeding.

Just like in the previous case, it is the parental duty to ensure that the bleeding does not last for more than 10 minutes on average. 

  1. Dry air 

Dry air can be the cause of nosebleeding in your children, especially if you are living in a region where a cold climate is the dominant. In such cases, heating systems in the house might be quite common. The dry air emission of these heating systems inside our house interiors is proven to cause several health issues even in adults.

So when kids are exposed to such heating systems and their dry air emissions for more than a particular period of time, it may dry the interiors of their noses, especially the canal regions. This may result in the stretching of the blood vessels there and finally in their breakage causing nosebleeding. 

  1. When playfulness goes wrong

This is also one of the common situations where parents approach pediatricians or ENT specialists with their kids with bleeding noses. Kids being hyperactive would be the most curious and they may keep on experimenting with new objects inside their nasal canals and mouths.

Fighting with each other during an argument and getting punched on the nose or other sensitive parts of the body are also some of the common scenes of this age. However, this can be highly critical if the punch has been unbearable for the little nose.

In such cases, it is always better to seek the help of a doctor and get things analyzed with the help of detailed checkups and other tests. This way you can avoid casualties and irreversible damages that are likely to happen in the future. 


These are some of the causes usually found when cases of nosebleeding children get analyzed. Apart from these causes, some of the other major causes can be found as cold, and other allergic symptoms, growth like polyps inside the nasal canal, and so on. However, if you do not identify the causes mentioned above as the causes behind the bleeding nose of your child, then it is important to find out the reason and treat it right under medical supervision. 

About the Author

Nicole Carter is a dedicated and passionate nutritionist, committed to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals through the power of proper nutrition. With a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science and years of practical experience.

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