Thursday, June 28, 2007

Nose Bleeds

N has been having nose bleeds quite frequently since young, and it happened again this morning. I have read up on it and even consulted his pediatrician. His Doctor thinks that it is not a problem. He said that unless it happens, like everyday (!!?!!), he will not refer him to an ENT specialist.

However, I am concerned. Some of the sources that I have read said that it could be due to nose digging (which I am sure my son does with quite regularity), dryness or thin blood vessels. These will correct with time.

But for N, it doesn’t seem to be getting better. These nose bleeds seems to hit him at funny times. Like when he is sleeping!! He wakes up and his pillow and pajamas is all covered in blood. Or he could be in the middle of a chess game, and the blood just flows. And, I don’t think it is caused by nose digging; because I have seem him dig his nose (yucks!), and no nose bleeds follow.

My mother-in-law thinks that it is because he has not had enough water to drink. But I don’t think that is the reason as N, drinks quite a lot of water. At one stage, he was drinking so much that I was concerned and I mentioned it to his doctor, and his doctor suspected diabetes!! (But, thank God, it wasn’t.)

So, what should I do? Wait? Or seek a second opinion? Am I over-reacting? But it happens too frequently (at least once a week) and at odd times (eg whilst sleeping i.e. not when you would expect it to happen – like after a nose dig?)


Wokking Mum said...

Hi! I have the same problem, not everyday but when it happens it will bled a few times a day. I when to see a ENT, did blood test and scope, etc. Nothing wrong ie not cancer or anything. ENT said the side (I only bleed from 1 side) of the nose is very congested with blood vessels and very thin and sentative. I can choose to use laser to seal the vessels or something like that. I didnt ans so I'm still bleeding.

Maybe you shd bring him to ENT for a check and see what the specialist has to say. Just my 2 cents worth.

bp said...

Is the air dry? My boys takes turns waking up with nosebleeds and it can be quite bad. And whenever that happens, we turn the humidifier on.

I used to get nosebleeds too a few years ago when I was getting a lot of teeth work done. My dentist thought nothing of it, but a friend recommended that I try eating lotus root soup (cooked with meat bones) as growing up, her mom gave that to her a lot when her nose bled. It sort of worked for me, but I can't be sure if it's the soup.

Try not to be overly worried.

Dr ve Thru said...

My nephew too suffered from constant nosebleeds when he was younger but as he gets older, the nose bleeds became less. He is now 17.

My friend's son too had constant nosebleeds and was referred to an ENT specialist and the child had corterisation done. It was fine for a few months but the nosebleed came back again.

I suppose you can read up on this and weigh out the pros and cons.

stay-at-home mum said...

Hi Wokking Mum
yes..I thot of doing that. Tks for popping by.

Air here in Singapore is not really dry. In fact it is very humid. Will try the lotus soup thingy. Tks

Tks Dr ve Thru. Will do that.

Hijackqueen said...

Wah, looks like I'm not alone here. My son is having the same problem - bleeds at no apparent reason. I think it is quite normal. Better to consult ENT to clear things out for once. I have yet to do that. lol.

stay-at-home mum said...

Yup, I am a procrastinator too!!