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    DS is almost 17yrs and has never had nosebleeds...ever. In the last 2 days though he's had 3. He said he starts coughing, his nose starts bleeding, and he gets light-headed. He said it's really hard to get the bleeding to stop (all he had available was his t-shirt and it's completely covered). My 13y/o ds has nosebleeds all the time and always has, but his stop within 10mins and it's not nearly enough to cover an entire shirt.

    He's not on any meds, has no health issues, eats well, extremely active, and the only thing that has changed is that he has been working regularly (long hours, outdoors, heavy manual labor).

    I'm going to do some googling and if it continues I'll call his pedi.

    Any thoughts on this? Anyone else's kiddos suddenly develop nosebleeds?
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    probably has one of those things up there that needs to be lanced. my husband does and just refuses to get it taken care of i'd take him in or just mention at well visit, unless it gets worse

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    i get nose bleeds all the time. so usually i don't worry about it. but in your ds case i would call the pedi. sudden onset nosebleeds without injury can be a sign of something going on and i recommend that if it happens again to call his dr and get it checked.



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    I would call or email the doc about it also. DS1 gets very frequent nosebleeds but it's due to medication. Try recommending that he put a swipe of Vaseline inside each nostril (advice from our pedi).... Perhaps his new working environment plus the influx of heat is just drying him up too much. BUT I would still inform the doc.
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    DD1 deals with chronic nosebleeds that we can trace to dryness-either winter air or A/C in summer. But if his are sudden and so dramatic, I would call the doctor and run it by them. Could be a polyp, like Jenny said. Not usually harmful, but easily taken care of.

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    Hope it is nothing serious. Nosebleeds could also be triggered by hormonal changes.

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    Thank you ladies!

    I'll go ahead and schedule with his pedi . He doesn't scare easily (did not even tell me for several days when he sliced his little toe to the bone at the crease ), but said the amount of blood scared him because it was pouring out of his mouth and nose both (he has a phone...have no idea why he didn't call, ugh, he now has instructions to call me immediately if it happens again).
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    I've had those issues too about the same age as your son. Every time I spent vacations in a different area than home (mostly in the mountains with drier air). The pedi also tracked it back to the dryness and I got a prescription for a cream to apply and help to get the mucous skin of the nose a little more moist. I only had to use it for a few days untill I ajusted to the environment. And I only had to do it for a year or so after that the nosebleeding disapeared as easily as it came in the first point.
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    Yikes, he came home today and said he threw up this morning and his nose started bleeding again . I told him he should take tomorrow off so I can take him to the walk-in clinic, but he said he already agreed to work. I told him take Thursday off then and he agreed, but I think dh is going to talk with him about staying home tomorrow so I can take him in.

    I'm starting to think he's really dehydrated. He gets paid by the hour so he's put in 22hrs of hard, manual labor in the last two days (it was 87 and extremely humid today) ...his truck has only 4 empty water bottles (16oz ea) and 2 monster drinks (which are even more dehydrating). He said the hours get away from him and he forgets to drink anything. He said his pee is really yellow.

    He just wants to really make an impression with the guy he works for because he has a lot of work for him this summer/fall if he does a good job (ds is a crazy hard worker...has always pushed himself beyond the limit).

    Anyway, not sure what to do...he needs to work something out so he's taking better care of himself. I just asked him what he had to eat today and he said a bagel and a sandwich so he's not eating enough either...I told him to come have dinner and he said he's not hungry at all and feels sick (he's very lean anyway and has obviously slimmed down further the last couple weeks since he started working).

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    It could definitely be dehydration - the vomiting, too. Ugh. I hope that he'll do a much better job with the fluids. With all the sweating he is doing he really need electrolytes, too.
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    Can he buy a camel back? It holds water as a small back pack and there is a mouth piece that wraps around the front. My DH has it for dirt bike riding but uses it for work and other projects. It takes the "effort" out of getting a drink. I fill DH's up with a bunch of ice cubes (not that a chill factor matters with dehydration) he just likes it.

    Too much blood in the stomach will trigger vomiting. Maybe he was sniffling some blood down attributing it to runny nose and didn't realize????? very odd....
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    Yikes I hope he feels better. I am not a 'run to the ER' person at all but I think I would be escorting him there at this point. I would be concerned but I am a worrier and not used to nosebleeds. It sounds like an awful lot of blood to be losing!

    I hope he gets some rest and feels better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJorn View Post
    It could definitely be dehydration - the vomiting, too. Ugh. I hope that he'll do a much better job with the fluids. With all the sweating he is doing he really need electrolytes, too.
    Thanks Jess! We have powerade here and I had him drink one (slowly since I didn't want him to throw it up).

    Quote Originally Posted by Brittany_Dawn View Post
    Can he buy a camel back? It holds water as a small back pack and there is a mouth piece that wraps around the front. My DH has it for dirt bike riding but uses it for work and other projects. It takes the "effort" out of getting a drink. I fill DH's up with a bunch of ice cubes (not that a chill factor matters with dehydration) he just likes it.

    Too much blood in the stomach will trigger vomiting. Maybe he was sniffling some blood down attributing it to runny nose and didn't realize????? very odd....
    That is a great idea...going to look into it! I would assume maybe an athletic/outdoors store would carry something like that (Dunham's or ****'s Sporting Goods maybe)??

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    Yikes I hope he feels better. I am not a 'run to the ER' person at all but I think I would be escorting him there at this point. I would be concerned but I am a worrier and not used to nosebleeds. It sounds like an awful lot of blood to be losing!

    I hope he gets some rest and feels better.
    Thank you!! That's how I'm feeling too...dh suggested waiting and getting him to drink/eat tonight since he's keeping food/fluid down then taking him in tomorrow so that's the plan for now. If he doesn't keep it down though, I'm taking him in right away for sure!
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    I just bought DH a hydration pack at Target. It's a Swiss Army brand one but I think they also have an Embark (or whatever their storebrand of tents and the like are) also. It's able to hold 2.5L. Much cheaper than the CamelBak ones I was looking at. They were in the $60+ range and this was $31 I think. If dehydration is a factor, that should definitely help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DucksLikeRain View Post
    I just bought DH a hydration pack at Target. It's a Swiss Army brand one but I think they also have an Embark (or whatever their storebrand of tents and the like are) also. It's able to hold 2.5L. Much cheaper than the CamelBak ones I was looking at. They were in the $60+ range and this was $31 I think. If dehydration is a factor, that should definitely help!
    Dh called DS's boss to let him know he won't be there tomorrow because he's not feeling well so we're heading to the pedi's and Target in the morning !!!
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    I hope you find an easy/fixable answer for this. It would worry me no end if my kid started nosebleeds like that. FWIW, my nephew gets nosebleeds/nauseous when he's had a mild heat stroke/dehydration.

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    Good news! Hopefully this can get resolved!

    Yes, sporting good stores and I'm sure target will have something. Camelbak was (pretty positive) the originator of the design but now there are multiple brands. While your shopping try googling reviews on the brands you are looking at. The interior bladders can leak.
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    My father gets nosebleeds from high blood pressure and dehydration often causes his blood pressure to go up too.
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    Hope you figure it out soon. When I get dehydrated, I get extremely dizzy, nauseous, my heart acts weird, my blood pressure gets high. I can totally see nosebleeds as a result of dehydration. I have environmental allergies and the anti-histamines dehydrate me in addition to the sun, heat, sweat. For me, if I get really dehydrated, water alone does not do the trick any more: I need coconut water and a lot of potassium, calcium, magnesium - I drink a lot of smart water, some sports drinks, coconut water, eat nuts and a lot of yogurt in the summer. I think a simple blood test will show if his electrolytes are off balance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanyachap View Post
    Hope you figure it out soon. When I get dehydrated, I get extremely dizzy, nauseous, my heart acts weird, my blood pressure gets high. I can totally see nosebleeds as a result of dehydration. I have environmental allergies and the anti-histamines dehydrate me in addition to the sun, heat, sweat. For me, if I get really dehydrated, water alone does not do the trick any more: I need coconut water and a lot of potassium, calcium, magnesium - I drink a lot of smart water, some sports drinks, coconut water, eat nuts and a lot of yogurt in the summer. I think a simple blood test will show if his electrolytes are off balance.
    Thank you for the tips! That's what he said...water doesn't help him feel "refreshed" at all and it's hard for him to drink it.

    The dr said he has a superficial blood vessel that appears inflamed and to use neosporin on it. He said if it bleeds to use compression by pinching the tips of his nostrils together (it's in the front of his nose). He said the throwing up is probably because ds was leaning his head back, so the blood was irritating his stomach (which someone here mentioned ). He threw up Friday though too and hadn't had the bloody noses yet...I'm still leaning towards dehydration on that since his appetite hasn't been good which is *definitely* not normal for him. For now he wants ds to focus on hydration and nutrition to see if it resolves on its own, but if it continues he wants DS back in for blood work to check blood counts and electrolytes.

    DS and I also worked out a plan to make sure he's getting the hydration and nutrition he needs. DS has ADHD and depends heavily on routine and reminders or he either hyper-focuses or drifts, it didn't even occur to me he might need help with this . Well, now I know and it doesn't appear to have gotten bad (he *has* had a heat-stroke in the past...baseball game and I didn't go, it was over 100 degrees and humid).
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    I would have him take a cooler with 6-8 bottles of water in it. I hate to be the bear of bad news but, some people can OD on energy drinks because of the caffeine and the dehydration factor. Poor guy. I know he's 17 but, sometimes the momma bear stuff kicks in.
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    Okay, it's that DS....ya so Shaun has ADHD too (I think we have touched that before career wise???) honestly the hydration back pack works out perfectly. Put pretty much any clear type liquid in it....sanitizing is simple. I can pm you that. DH has never gotten the structure part of life down...oh well, it happens before me, it was his mom giving him the reminders. It's not babying them....the mind just jumps ahead, over, under and around too much :smile: he also overly concentrates on things, like work stuff, and loses all thought of other things (like meeting times, or lunch).
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    I am glad it is nothing serious.

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    Glad it is nothing too serious. I had a superficial blood vessel or two as a child and if I ever had nose bleeds they were hard to stop. I was told I'd just grow out of it which I did. Any stress or crying caused nose bleeds for me and my parents who used spanking as a form of punishment barely ever touched me because of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2CodySophia0811 View Post
    I would have him take a cooler with 6-8 bottles of water in it. I hate to be the bear of bad news but, some people can OD on energy drinks because of the caffeine and the dehydration factor. Poor guy. I know he's 17 but, sometimes the momma bear stuff kicks in.
    LOL, that was a mistake of mine ...I *thought* they were monster/energy drinks because I only saw the backs of the cans, but apparently they're Arnold Palmer half-and-half tea/lemonade...still caffeinated, but definitely not like the energy drinks (43mg/can and he only had 1/d). I jumped on the monster drink thing because I saw cans in his garbage, but they were my nephew's who was over...oops !

    Yup, that's what I told him...cooler with ice, water, and gatorade. I'm putting a sticky note on his steering wheel to remind him to get ice (gas station is just down the road) on his way to work . The cooler and everything else will just stay in the truck all the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brittany_Dawn View Post
    Okay, it's that DS....ya so Shaun has ADHD too (I think we have touched that before career wise???) honestly the hydration back pack works out perfectly. Put pretty much any clear type liquid in it....sanitizing is simple. I can pm you that. DH has never gotten the structure part of life down...oh well, it happens before me, it was his mom giving him the reminders. It's not babying them....the mind just jumps ahead, over, under and around too much :smile: he also overly concentrates on things, like work stuff, and loses all thought of other things (like meeting times, or lunch).
    Oy, Brittany, it's not easy that's for sure, but you're right, it's not babying or making excuses for them...their brains just don't always make the connections they're supposed to .

    Quote Originally Posted by tanyachap View Post
    I am glad it is nothing serious.
    Thanks Tanya!! I was so glad the dr reaffirmed that it was definitely the right thing to bring him in since it is something new.

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    Glad it is nothing too serious. I had a superficial blood vessel or two as a child and if I ever had nose bleeds they were hard to stop. I was told I'd just grow out of it which I did. Any stress or crying caused nose bleeds for me and my parents who used spanking as a form of punishment barely ever touched me because of that.
    It's encouraging to hear you outgrew it! LOL, glad it helped you get out of some spankings though, eesh .
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