How to stop a nosebleed

'Tis the season for nosebleeds. Learn how to stop one in three easy steps!

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Illustrations by Grace Cho

1. Contrary to popular belief, don’t tilt his head back. Have him lead forward from a sitting or standing position. Don’t let him lie down–his head should be above his heart.

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2. Apply pressure with your thumb and finger, pinching the soft part of the nose just below the bridge for a few minutes, until bleeding stops. (If it continues after 20 minutes, call your doctor.)

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3. Apply petroleum jelly under his nose to keep it moist. Since dry air can cause nosebleeds, consider using a humidifier in your kid’s room.

A version of this article appeared in our January 2016 issue with the headline, “How to stop a nosebleed,” p. 34.

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