Many children will experience the occasional nosebleed that requires no additional medical attention. However, if you have a child that experiences recurrent nosebleeds, nasal cautery may be necessary.
Common Causes of Nosebleeds
Causes of recurring nosebleeds can include:
- Picking or blowing nose
- Colds or allergies
- Structural problems in the nose
- Certain medications
- Abnormal growth in the nose or sinuses
- Clotting disorders
- Blood vessel disorders
Ways to Prevent Nosebleeds
Preventing nosebleeds often depends on the cause. If your child’s nosebleeds are associated with seasonal allergies, it might be best to avoid going to Buckner Park when pollen levels are high. They may also be prevented by:
- Avoiding picking or scratching nose
- Treating medical conditions that are causing nosebleeds
- Changing or discontinuing medications
- Using a humidifier
- Nasal gels, sprays, and creams to decrease dryness
If your child’s nosebleeds cannot be controlled or treated at home, they need to go to the doctor. Any nosebleed that recurs four or more times in one week requires a medical evaluation.
If other treatment and prevention methods don’t work, your child’s doctor may recommend nasal cautery.
What is Nasal Cautery?
Nasal cautery is a procedure where a chemical or electrical device is applied to the mucous membranes in the nose to stop bleeding.
The procedure itself is quick, often only taking 5-10 minutes. However, that can vary depending on the severity of the nosebleeds or if other procedures are being done at the same time. Depending on your child’s circumstances, it can be performed awake with a topical anesthetic or in an operating room under general anesthesia.
Recovery After Nasal Cautery
In cases where only nasal cauterization is being performed, your child can go home shortly after the procedure. They may be a little fussy or groggy afterward. Minor nosebleeds and nasal drainage are also common after the procedure. They are a normal part of the healing process and nothing to worry about.
If your child is in any pain, Tylenol or ibuprofen may be used. Your ENT specialist will likely also recommend you use a moisturizing or antibiotic ointment in the nose after the procedure to aid in the healing process.
If you have additional questions about your child’s frequent nosebleeds or wish to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call Ear, Nose & Throat Associates today.