Basic First Aid: How To Stop Bleeding


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Injuries and certain medical conditions can result in bleeding. This can trigger anxiety and fear. Still, you need to understand how to treat common bleeding incidents, like cuts and bloody noses, as well as when to seek medical help.

For those reasons, we give you some tips on how to deal with cuts and nosebleeds:

For cuts and wounds:

  • Help the person stay calm. If the cut is large or bleeds, a lot, help them lie down.
  • Remove debris from the wound such as small sticks or grass.
  • If the cut’s small, clean with soap; otherwise don’t.
  • Apply pressure to the wound with a bandage for 10 minutes.
  • When the bleeding stops, tape a clean and sanitized bandage over the cut.

For a nosebleed:

  • Have the person sit down and/or lean his face forward; this slows the bleeding.
  • Ask them to push the bleeding nostril against the septum (if they’re unable to put on some latex gloves and hold their nose for about 5-10 minutes.)
  • Once the bleeding stops, tell me not to blow their nose for a couple of days as it can dislodge the clot and restart the bleeding.