Should I worry about a bloody nose?

Q: Should I worry about the occasional bloody nose for my 4-year-old?

A: Most minor spontaneous bloody noses are nothing to worry about. 

In Minnesota, in the winter months, dry air is one of the leading causes of these occasional, spontaneous nose bleeds.

Children with nasal allergies are more likely to experience nose bleeds, especially when their allergies are particularly intense. 

Finally, minor trauma is another common reason for nose bleeds, including self-inflicted trauma (nose picking).

Treatment for most minor nose bleeds — if they don’t stop on their own — is gentle, but consistent pressure achieved by squeezing the nose near the bridge for five to 10 minutes, depending on how much oozing is involved. 

If the amount of blood is large, or if it doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of continuous pressure, call your child’s clinic for further direction.

Dr. Peter Dehnel is a board-certified pediatrician and medical director with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Send questions to This column is intended to provide general information only and not medical advice. Contact your health care provider with questions about your child.