One thing I have been doing as a preventive measure: Otrivin. It constricts the blood vessels. Just prior to something like gymnastics, where I know they'll get hot, I'll squirt it in each nostril. Just once. Not even afterwards. I only do it once a week so they don't get addicted to it. Doc says it's okay if I don't do it more than 3 days in a row. But I never do that. I use it selectively for when they have strenuous activities and will get hot from working out.
These were for the lovely secretary at Bebe's elementary school.
You see, I have a bleeder.
When she was very young, we took her to Children's hospital once...with kleenex plugs in her nose--and the emergency doc looked at her and laughed. He didn't do much for her. He just told us to do what the first aid books tell you. Well, the books also say that if the bleeding doesn't stop after 15 minutes, you're to go to the emergency! The emergency doctors don't think so apparently. We were sent home.
Some first aid courses and medical books say that you're supposed to pinch her nose and have her lean forward. It doesn't work. Her bleeding is below the place where you pinch. And the blood backs up and goes down her throat.Yuck.
The only thing that works is the kleenex plugs. I pre-make hundreds of them and put them in a tupperware container and bring little baggies of them with me when we go out because you never know...
I think the plugs create a bit of pressure and help the bleeding stop. I change the plugs until the bleeding slows down.
We went to Finlandia and the helpful lady told us to try Vitamin E oil. She advocated Vitamin C and all the holistic stuff that I had already been giving Bebe. She takes all that and omega 3 to boot. So we tried the Vitamin E oil because you never know...and went through two bottles. I eventually gave up because the difference from vaseline was negligible...and the bleeding still occurred.
Apparently her skin is very thin in there and her blood vessels are close to the surface and rupture easily. The specialist says she'll outgrow it eventually. His preferred option is to put her under general anaesthetic before cauterizing both nostrils. I'm not too keen on that.
You may think this is a bummer (and it is) because it's a bother to worry about a bleeding nose when you're at karate class, at gymnastics, or if you're just running around the playground. She's often had to go to the office at lunch because it would start bleeding. I usually equip her with kleenex in both pockets to ensure she can make it to the office without getting all her clothes bloodied. She's a pro at bleeders and doesn't cry anymore. She knows how to make her own little plugs. You have to use them in her case otherwise you don't have a free hand to attend to her other nostril or hold the ice pack etc.
And yes, I do humidify my house when it's dry. Besides, we practically live in a rainforest in Vancouver and it's always raining. How often is it even dry around here? That's obviously not the problem.
So no, I don’t stuff the cakeballs in their nostrils as my title may have had you wonder. Nor do I feed them cakeballs to make their nose stop bleeding. The cakeballs are a thank you to the kind secretary at school who frequently has to deal with a bleeder when she a bunch of other work she could be doing.
BTW, I am finally fed up and in a couple of weeks we’re going to cauterize. My family doc is sending me to someone “old school” who cauterizes in his office under local anaesthetic and with a stick with some silver nitrate at the tip. I have a feeling it’ll be a struggle to get them to allow a stick up their noses, but they’ve had enough things up their noses so they should be used to it!
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