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Nosebleeds in 3-year-old - it isn't anything to worry aobut is it?

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solidgoldbrass Wed 03-Sep-08 22:55:16

Ds will be 4 at the end of the month and has had a few nosebleeds. He is a nosepicker, so I think that is probably all it is - but nursery have mentioned it a time or two. Should I take him to the GP or would that be being a very overanxious parent?

Tommy Wed 03-Sep-08 22:58:10

DS3 is 18m and has had about 5 nosebleeds. The last time he had one I phoned the HV and she said I should definitely see the GP - just to check everything is OK. It's not urgent though (hope not as have appointment for a week tomorrow!

Not sure if it is the nose picking though to be honest - DS1 has his finger almost continously up his nose and has never had a nose bleed

solidgoldbrass Wed 03-Sep-08 23:08:51

<yelp> Oh arse, I will make an appointment for him then. I do still tend to chatter to him in a thinking-out-loud sort of way and I mentioned the possibility and he said, 'yes, doctor, mummy' which has slightly put the sh*ts up me (I have an unfortunate weakness for godawful proleporn mags like Take A Break which are littered with tales of the children who Just Knew there was something dreadfully wrong) - and he has a slight squint, so now I am imagining hideous brain tumours and suchlike <seriously considers taking off blood pressure monitor...>

AvenaLife Wed 03-Sep-08 23:14:37

Have you checked his nails are very short? Sometimes they scratch the skin when they are digging. He might be picking the scratch off. (not meaning you don't cut his nails by the way)

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Wed 03-Sep-08 23:16:27

NOt usually. DS1 had a whole bunch for many years. Now ds2 seems to have started. If combined with lots of bruises on the skin you would probably want a blood test. I haven't for either ds1 or ds2. I had lots of nosebleeds as a kid (had my nose cauterised age 5) so I figure it's heredity.

solidgoldbrass Wed 03-Sep-08 23:20:47

Well he has bruises - but only the sort of bruises an active kid would get (ie they are all on his knees or shins or elbows) - if he was coming up in bruises at the slightest touch I would have been there already. I have cut his nails since the last time nursery mentioned it, and he doesn't have them around me anyway(perhaps I tell him to stop picking his nose before he's dug enough of a hole).

AvenaLife Wed 03-Sep-08 23:23:21

He's probably scratched it and made it bleed then keeps picking the scratch off. Doh!

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