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Old 03-03-2005, 08:57 AM   #1
 
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my baby and her nose bleeds

My youngest daughter has been getting these nose bleeds since she was a year old. I have taken her to the doctor for it but, he didn't seem too worried. Last night she woke up at 4 in the morning crying. I went to check on her to see what was wrong, her whole entire face was covered in blood and was all over her sheets. It usually happens at night, which sounds very weird but, during the day when she gets them she can just be sitting and her nose will start bleeding. By the doctor not sounding to worried and as many as she is getting and the anount a blood comming out of her nose is staring to be very scary to me. One time she had an episode and lasted for 10 min.(literally) This will happen for a couple of days to a week and then she won't have any for a long time. I don't know what to do. Should I listen to the doc and just blow it off and keep wiping her nose everytime she gets one or what? I have mixed feelings about htis and not quite sure what to do?

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Old 03-03-2005, 09:05 AM   #2
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at night try propping her head up a little more.
and i'd think about getting a second opinion.
once my son got really sick with a high fever.
e.r doctor told me not to worry but you know
that mother's intuition kicked in. i made an
appointment with a pediatrician for the very
next day. that's when we found out he had
asthma. always always ALWAYS go
with your mother's intuition. sometimes mom's
know more than doctors. especially when it
to their own children.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:07 AM   #3
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Def. don't ignore it Nicole.........this isn't exactly normal. I'd stress to the doctor I want further testing.

Just to let you know my hubby gets these every so often and he's had them since he was a kid......he's 41 now. His are due to his allergy to milk. The thing is he can eat foods cooked with milk in them........like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, etc... But he can't drink a glass of milk, eat ice cream, etc. His nosebleeds vary. If he goes against common sense and eats the ice cream he knows he's going to face not only the nose bleed but also a fever. Where as most of the time its just the nosebleed itself, which comes without warning. So you may consider requesting an allergy test to rule out any allergies which may be causing it.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:18 AM   #4
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Sounds like a vitamin K deficiency - vitamin K is essential to help clot the blood.

I would definitely insist upon a second opinion from a doctor to be on the safe side.

Here's a quote on vitamin K:

Many of the features of common chronic disorders, especially connective tissue disorders, are identical to the symptoms of vitamin K deficiencies. Is this a coincidence, or could vitamin K deficiencies be an often overlooked factor in many disorders currently attributed to genes or other causes?

I've been diagnosed with a variety of overlapping inherited connective tissue disorders that all have bleeding problems as symptoms, yet all of my bleeding problems stopped when I changed my diet to get more vitamin K. I've been to many doctors throughout my life, including a hematologist, for my bleeding problems, yet I was never tested for a vitamin K deficiency. I learned about vitamin K from nutrition books and doing my own research on the Internet. It does make me wonder how many other people there are who have bleeding problems caused by an undiagnosed vitamin K deficiency, an easily correctable condition.

Note: High vitamin K intake can interfere with anticoagulant medication. Remember to check with your doctor before making any diet or supplement modifications, especially if you are on anticoagulants.
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Since it's winter and the heat's on, is your house dry? Try putting a small humidifier in her bedroom and seeing if that helps. Nasal passages can dry out easily and cause bloody noses.

Do get a second opinion, too, though! Like Middie said, always listen to monther's intuition!
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I am going to parrot what the others are saying. Do not ignore it. Insist that you want the doctor to check it out since it is not normal for someones nose to just start bleeding for no reason. If he won't look into it further than find a new doctor. Like middie said, your mothers intuition should be listened to.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:29 AM   #7
 
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PA, I do have a humidifier in her room ever since the first one she ever had. Middie, I was going to go with my intuition, i just didn't want to be one of those moms who freaks out if theres nothing really to worry about. Im definatly going to call the doc. TODAY and get her in asap. Thanks for all the information everyone.
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i just didn't want to be one of those moms who freaks out if theres nothing really to worry about
A mother worries about everything until there is a satisfactory answer that she, and she alone, accepts. If, after a second opinion, they still don't know exactly what it is then maybe you can attribute it to the blood vessels in her nose being very close to the surface and during winter months being more prone to bleeding. She might be bothering her nose in her sleep too - which, if it's already irritated, will cause it to bleed.

Let us know what you find out and don't let anyone tell you you are worrying over nothing. It's your child, which is SOMETHING!!!
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:27 PM   #9
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I vote for a second opinion too. If you still can't get any satisfactory explanation I'd take her to the emergency room. Not raising an alarm at all, it's just that hospitals have much more diagnostic equipment than the family physician. Just an idea and hope things get better for the little one.
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The second opinion needs to come from a specialist - not just another GP.
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