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nosebleed in babies after a fall

Mom’s Question:
My 16-month-old toddler fell and hit his forehead yesterday and today he got a nosebleed, should I be worried? He is also getting over the flu!

Baby Helpline:

Nosebleed After Fall In Babies and Toddlers

Since it was almost 24 hours between your baby’s fall and the nosebleed, it is possible that the two are not related. The flu often comes with a runny nose, so maybe the flu rather than the fall is the reason for the nosebleed

Nevertheless here are some guidelines and information on when to worry and not when a young child has a nosebleed after a fall:

If a small nose bleed is the only thing happening after a fall when hitting the forehead, then most likely, there is nothing to worry about. The minute a baby stands up and starts walking around, he or she will fall a lot and most of the time nothing bad will happen at all. The fall is usually from a low height.

Note, however, that if your baby falls from something higher than the length of his or her body, it can be more serious.

A nosebleed in babies after a fall can sometimes be a reason for concern. Here are a few reasons for concern:

  • Is there any chance that your baby’s nose is broken? (This should mean pain, and possibly crocked nose in addition to bleeding.)
  • If the bleeding won’t stop within 20 minutes.
  • If your baby has trouble breathing
  • If your baby is bleeding elsewhere too, for example from their ears or gums.
  • If your baby is showing signs of concussion.

In these cases, the nosebleed, when occurring after a fall, can be a sign of concussion or internal bleeding and should definitely be checked by a doctor.

But again, a small nosebleed that stops quickly and occurs as long as 24 hours after a fall is not likely to be anything to worry about unless the baby is showing other signs of a concussion or internal bleeding.

Continue watching your child for a few days for more symptoms, such as being unusually sleepy, reduced balance, vomiting or being a lot more fussy than usual. Any of these can be a sign of injury and a doctor should be consulted.

Being a toddler, your boy is likely to fall or get hurt in different ways many more times. Consider buying a good reference book for the situations, like for example My Child Is Sick: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries.

Hope this helps,
(Answer approved by our Medical Reference Team)

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  1. Ronelle

    I need some advice…
    My little boy knocks his head and passes out. He had his first incident when he was about 11 months old. He was playing, fell forward and hit his head on the floor. He passed out, and we poured cold water on him until he came to. This was about 5-10 seconds after he hit his head.
    We never had another incident until December 2018 – he did it about 4 times in a month. But always, after running cold water over him, he wakes up, screams at us for wetting him and then he’s back to normal.

    He is not holding his breath until he passes out – he is actually knocking his head, stops breathing and comes to within a few seconds of him being put in the shower with the cold water on full blast.

    Why does he do this? He has never had a concussion afterward and he is perfectly fine after these incidents. Like they never happened.
    Why does he do this? What is causing him to pass out? Should I panic? Will he grow out of this?
    Please help.