A few years ago, my neighbor’s son came to my house to play with Ian. Half way through, he suddenly had nose bleeding. Well, I NEVER had nose bleeding before, and no one close to me have had it too. I didn’t know how to handle it, and I was quite panic. When I rang his mom, she sounded so cool and said that the son knows what to do. Apparently it is very common to him, and he is kind of used to it.
Seeing that, it inspired me to do a research on nose bleeding for its cause and its treatment.
Now, looking at it from a hind-side, I think God wanted to prepare me for what is to come…
Just few months after that incident, my own son started to have nose bleeding. Being well equipped with the knowledge, I wasn’t panic this time, and I knew exactly what to do. Ian, on the other hand, was also well prepared since I talked about it aloud before, and he captured the essence of it.
That first episode of his nose bleeding was last year, and it only re-occurred many months later. But this year, it became more frequent and more drastic, that it terrified him (not me, though).
Okay, from what I’ve learnt, there is nothing to be worried of nose bleeding, unless it doesn’t stop after many rounds of attempts to stop it. Apparently there is nothing alarming about nose bleeding, except that the blood scares most of us, coz it is BLOOD! :p
When one has nose-bleed, the common practice is to tilt your head up, but that is WRONG. On the contrary, he should keep the head low, to prevent the blood from flowing to the mouth, coz the blood tastes awful and can clog the way. Trust me, Ian had it once, it back flown and filled his mouth – until many hours later he still felt yucky and couldn’t eat his breakfast.
When keeping the head bow, one should also pinch the soft part of the nose, to help stop the bleeding. Breath through mouth during this period. Do that fo a few minutes, and see if it stops. If not, repeat.
At the same time, ice compress the back of the head (above the neck). My neighbor said ice compress the forehead, maybe that works too. Can try both.
Last week, Ian woke up and screamed in the toilet. When I rushed in, I saw the whole sink was filled with blood, fresh blood and still dripping from his nose. Ya, it was like a faucet didn’t close properly, water still dripping out, but in this case it was blood. He has been pinching his nose but just too much. We had to use ice and keep pinching for 5 min, about 3 times. His bedsheet was full of blood, and the floor too. It twas the most terrifying episode so far. But the bleeding stopped after we applied ice to the back of his head. During the same incident, he has had the blood back flew to his throat. I think either the blood was too much, or it could have started when he was still lying in his bed.
Since then, everyday he asks for prayer for his nose, and a little discomfort in his nasal passage, he would be terrified and suspecting he has bleeding again.
Last Sunday, he played with a friend, and the friend hit his head (not meant to be in a harmful manner, but playfully) –> right after that, his nose bled again.
Guess it was too much for him to take on, twice in less than a week. Ah, pray for his nose to be okay again.