Nose bleeds at night

Crystal - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son often gets nose bleeds at night I was just wondering what I can do to help him.

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O'Sune - posted on 03/13/2010

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I used to have bad nose bleeds as a child as well and now my son has them. My parents were told that I would eventually outgrow it, and I did, at about the age of 12. It simply didn't happen anymore. So, they basicall did nothing other than monitor me at nights to ensure I didn't choke while sleeping, in the event it happened during that time.

My 8 year old son has been having nose bleeds from about the age of 2. However, his doesn't only take place at nights. He has them whenever he's worked up or if he over exerts himslef. So sometimes while at Physical Education class he'll have a nose bleed or when simply playing outdoors or even in the house. He has bad clots with them most of the time as well. I agree with the other respndants with putting a little vaseline in the lining of the nostril. NOT TOO heavy. But this will only work if the bleeds are definitely from dry air. If not, unfortunately, I don't think there's anything you can do to stop it from happening, at least this is what all of the doctors we've seen has told us.

However, to help your child out while it's taking place is important. Every physician that we've taken him to says to have the child lean forward, NOT backwards, then pinch the nose for about ten (10) consecutive minutes. This restricts the blood flow and causes the vein to clot in the precise "broken" area that the blood is coming from, thus stopping the flow of blood. So if you think of it, it's the same as when you visit the doctor's office and you have to take a needle. Once you would've been stuck in your vein and the needle removed the first thing the nurse / doctor tells you is to put pressure on the spot where they stuck you, and eventually the bleeding stops. Same concept.

So look at it also from the point of assisting your child while going through the process in the event there isn't any effective preventative measure.

Hope this helps you!!

Jean - posted on 03/25/2010

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I'm not so sure about the vaseline. Definatley a humidifier, not in the room but by the door. Keep it clean also so as no mold will build up & clean the filters. Make sure the room is dust free. Get an allergen free pillow with a pillow cover & mattress cover that you can wash. I know it's a lot of work but it's worth it in the end.

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Try putting a humidifier next to your son's bed. The most common cause of nighttime nose bleeds is dry mucous membranes inside the nose.

Christianne - posted on 03/22/2010

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I used to have the same problem when I was a child. Definitely try a humidifier, saline nose spray, and also I noticed I would get them when I used a feather pillow. So you may want to check for allergens as well. Good luck!!

Deborah - posted on 03/17/2010

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As other people have mentioned dry air can certainly be a culprit. Sometimes a simple saline nose spray works, but if that or the vasoline approach isn't working you may want to consider the following:

In Chinese/Asian medicine they have a completely different perspective on their view of the body and the imbalances we experience. In Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is an ancient Japanese Energetic Healing Art - similar to acupuncture in it's effects - but completely non-invasive. One uses the fingertips to hold specific sequential points to apply the sessions

We often treat this condition by working with a few of the organ pathways, one of which is the Stomach: If you would like to try it yourself its fairly easy to do, though a trained practitioner is able to determine what is called for by taking what is known as a pulse reading. Other flows may also be recommended based on the indications of the pulse readings.

One of the books on the market with short-cut versions of the flows is:
The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister. It can be found on Amazon or through the Jin Shin Jyutsu website.

If you'd like to try this to see how it works, here it goes:

Begin with sitting on your son's left side:

1) Place your right hand finger tips on the bottom of his left cheekbone
Place your left hand finger tips on the underside of his left collarbone

2) Hold points up to 3 to 5 minutes - Move the left fingers to the right front base of the ribcage


3) Slide the left hand under his back and hold the right back base of the ribcage
Hold 3 to 5 minutes

4) Left fingers move to the left front base of ribcage - Hold 3 to 5 minutes

5) Left fingers move to the inner right leg - approx. his handspan wide above the inner knee joint - Hold up to 3 to 5 minutes

6) Left fingertips go to the outside of the right knee joint and slide down to hold the bony region about 1 to 2 finger widths below the outer knee joint.

7) Left fingers move to the right side tip of the middle toe & hold.

This flow is also helpful for TMJ, Teeth & Gums, Jaw/Jawline
Bloody or stuffy nose
Problems of the mouth - dryness, chapped lips, cold sores
Swelling of the neck, throat numbing
Knee cap Pain/Swelling
Ankle & Groin Pain

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Maribel - posted on 03/22/2010

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Our Dr. told me it was some kind of allergy because they have not learned to blow their nose. It forms a scab inside the nose. After taking a bath he should blow his nose when the muccus is soft and with a q-tip apply vaseline inside and around the nostrils. It helped my boy...

Terri - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son is 6 years old and has been getting them consistently from birth. We even had him cauterized one time when he was 2. I have been using Saline Gel made by Baby Ayr every night for the past 4 years which does help a lot. I put it in each nostril with a q-tip. I was told never to put Vaseline in his nostrils as this can cause pneumonia. Hope this helps!

Kendra - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son gets nose bleeds at night/early morning. We have a woodstove that we use in the Winter. Our PCP suggested a humidifier and also some saline solution to spray in his nose. This may be harder to do if the children are young, but that's another option. It's really helped with my 10 year old.

Kira - posted on 02/12/2010

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Glad to hear you guys found a great way to solve the dry problem. Take care.

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The nose bleeds are mostly caused by dryness. Our doctor suggested putting a small amount of vaseline in his nostrils. It worked for us. Good luck!

Kira - posted on 01/18/2010

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I use to suffer from the same thing. The air at night maybe too dry. Using a hummidifier at night could help. If you take him to the doctor it is possible that they may find a raised vain in his nose. When the inside of his nose dries it can cause the skin to crack over the vain making it bleed. There is surgery that can be done to fix it but all they do is burn cauterize the vain. That is what they told me and my dad had it done to him when he was a kid. He said that they end up putting these long cotton things up the nose. They about an inch long give or take. And of course there is a bunch of other stuff that has to be delt with too. Any way I would try the hummidifier and see if that fixes the problem. I basically grew out of it and never had the surgery.

Best of Luck,

Kira

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