What causes nose bleeding after a head injury?

Posted on Tue, 8 Jul 2014 in Accident and Emergency
Question: Hi

My 4 year old just had a fall and hit the back of his head. There is a swell and also he had nosebleed after that. The bleeding did not last more than 3mins. He gets nosebleed easily and the last time he had it was 12 hours ago
Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Nasal bleeding is quite common

Detailed Answer:
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Greetings of the day

Dear Ms Yenee,

Swelling at the site of injury and nasal bleed are quite common in children.
There is no cause for concern if following criteria are fulfilled

1. Child is playful and interested in surrounding
2. No abnormal movements of body
3. No persistent vomiting
4. No excessive crying
5. No loss of consciousness
6. There is no external deformity of nose

Local application of ice and analgesic/anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen syrup will provide him much needed relief.

Do get back to me if you need any assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Take Care

Best Regards
Dr Deepak Kishore
Consultant Pediatric Surgeon
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari 54 minutes later
Thanks for your reply, Dr XXXXXXX

My child is asleep now but he was complaining of giddiness before he slept. I did ask him to try walking when he complained of giddiness and I did not notice any clumsiness in his movements.

Should the giddiness be of any concern?
Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari 32 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No cause for concern

Detailed Answer:
Giddiness is also usually associated with pediatric Head injury and there is no cause for concern.
Allow him to sleep. He will wake up fresh.

Do keep me informed about developments.

Take Care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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