By Diane SacksUpdated Jun 18, 2013
Q: My 12-year-old son gets nosebleeds at least twice a week. I’m not sure how best to treat them — I’ve heard conflicting advice about whether he should tilt his head. Also, are nosebleeds something to worry about?
A: To treat the nosebleeds, have your son pinch his nostrils together for five minutes and lean forward to avoid swallowing blood. Help prevent nosebleeds by keeping your home well humidified, using over-the-counter nasal moisturizers and, of course, teaching your son not to pick his nose. If the nosebleeds persist or if the bleeding lasts for more than 10 minutes, ask the doctor if tests for bleeding problems are in order.