Children are usually more susceptible to nosebleeds than adults. I’m not referring to a nosebleed caused by a sharp blow to the nose – we all know why those occur. I’m talking about nosebleeds that occur when you have not sustained any injury to your nose, or perhaps only a light blow or jostling. Or perhaps you’ve only been running around. Perhaps they occur during sleep.
Whatever the circumstances, if you or your child is getting recurrent or chronic nosebleeds, there are a few things you can do about it. And trust me, I know what I’m talking about, as my daughter suffered this exact same problem!
1. Supplement with Bioflavonoids
Bioflavonoids (including Rutin, Hesperidin and Quercetin) are plant compounds that act synergistically with vitamin C to strengthen vein and capillary walls so they don’t tear and bleed so easily. They are produced by plants to protect themselves from bacteria, parasites and cell injury.
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or your nose bleeds when it’s dry or you blow it forcefully, or you’re prone to anal or rectal fissures, or varicose veins, then you definitely need to supplement with Bioflavonoids.
Bioflavonoids have also been shown to reduce back and leg pain, promote circulation, treat and prevent cataracts, stimulate bile production, and lower cholesterol levels – so you’ll receive a lot of side-benefits too! Get a brand that contains at least 50 mg each of Rutin, Hesperidin and Quercetin. If you also suffer from Hay Fever, take 400mg of Quercetin per day as Quercetin regulates histamine release from the cells and you’ll see a big improvement (if not elimination) of your allergies.
2. Supplement with Vitamin C
As mentioned above, vitamin C works synergistically with bioflavonoids to prevent bleeding (and help bleeding clot faster) in all mucous membranes. Mucous membranes are the type of tissue on your lips, inside of your nose, genitals and intestinal tract. Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for at least 300 different metabolic functions in the body, including adrenal gland function, tissue growth and repair, protection against infection, and cancer prevention.
Vitamin C in its common ascorbic acid form can cause diarrhea in higher dosages. Therefore, you may want to get Vitamin C in mineral ascorbate form (e.g. calcium ascorbate). High doses of magnesium can also cause diarrhea so avoid vitamin C in magnesium ascorbate form, if you are susceptible to diarrhea. The mineral ascorbate form is also preferable as it’s more readily absorbed – ascorbic acid has to first be converted to mineral ascorbates by the body prior to absorption.
Another delicious way to get your daily vitamin C in mineral ascorbate form (for ongoing use) is by using Emergen-C – handy single-serving packets naturally flavored in a variety of yummy flavours. These are especially useful for kids since they are like d