Anyone with kids becomes used to the “typical” childhood injuries and incidents. There are falls down the stairs, falls off of bicycles, falls caused by “daredevil” moves, and many other spills and tumbles too. Many of these lead to scrapes and cuts, but some of them cause much worse injury.
For example, kids are known to fracture bones, break teeth, and damage facial structures like their chins and noses. There are many times when a quick visit to the doctor can let a parent know if they have to follow up on the incident or if an ice pack and a few days of healing will do the trick. There are also times when it is very obvious that something more extensive than some “time out” is the solution.
The Nose and Childhood
Take a look at a photograph of yourself when you were very young (under the age of 12) and it is likely that your face is only a shadow of what it finally became. Your cheeks may be fuller and without any distinct bones or ridges, your chin may be round and undefined, and your nose may be much fleshier than it is now.
Just consider what your face would look like today if any part of your younger face was damaged and “left to its own”. You might have a disfigurement that makes you self-conscious or you could have a health problem (breathing, chewing, etc.) that was caused by an injury to your young face.
One of the areas that many people fail to get treated properly is the nose. This is because a younger person’s nose is very deceptive to look at and may only look a bit swollen when it is far worse.
Just consider that nose injuries can include:
- Damages inside and outside;
- Bloody nose but without any fractures;
- Bruising and swelling but without fracture;
- Cartilage damage, a blood clot in the central wall of the nose, and risk of future deformity;
- Fracture of the nose – this can be severe or mild and will require a “reset” by a knowledgeable professional.
How to Treat Children’s Nose Injuries
Clearly, this range of injuries can make it very difficult for parent to know exactly what to do. So, the best approach is to first try to get any bleeding under control. If in ten to fifteen minutes you cannot slow the pace of the bleeding (meaning you have been squeezing the nostrils closed the entire time without any slowing in the bloodflow) it is imperative to head to a hospital immediately. If the child shows signs of dizziness and weakness this is a further sign to get proper medical care as quickly as possible.
If the child’s nose looks very crooked it is often a sign that it has been broken. Do not ever attempt to straighten the broken nose on your own. For one thing, this is a remarkably painful moment, and also because you may not do a proper job of the thing and make the nose look worse.
If there is damage to the exterior tissue of the nose, it is likely that there is more than just a scratch or tear. Your child may need exterior and interior stitches and may need to have further treatment. There are sinus and nose experts who are going to be able to assess the child’s needs and ensure that their bones are set properly, that cartilage heals, and that the fleshy parts of the nose are repaired. They can guarantee that your child’s nose grows up to look like it should and that it works properly too!