My thoughts on ADHD, Autism and Nosebleeds


After going to school for two days last week, I thought this weekend would be fairly calm. Our son is getting back into a scheduled and structured routine and our daughter is back in public school after two years of homeschooling. Everyone should be getting into the swing of things, right? Wrong!

This weekend was a weekend from Hell. Our son, who is autistic and has ADHD, seemed to have one meltdown after the next and it ended up with several nosebleeds. He’s been getting nosebleeds more often lately and I am starting to notice a trend. It seems to happen every time he gets himself worked up. When I picked him up Friday from school for one of his numerous appointments, his principal told me he had a nosebleed at lunch. “A gusher” is what she called it. What happened right before this? He wanted a second slice of pizza and he was told that since he receives free lunches, he couldn’t have another since he has no money on his “account.”  Rather than staying calm, he had an emotional meltdown and then his nose started gushing.

Now I have been doing some research on kids who are on the spectrum who get nosebleeds. There has been some speculation that nosebleeds are a way for the body to eliminate toxins. While this MAY sound like a pretty good theory, I don’t necessarily agree with it.

Here’s why…. my mother used to suffer from nosebleeds when she was younger and had to have the blood vessels in her nose cauterized several times. If the layer of skin that covers those vessels is extremely thin, any amount of pressure could cause the vessels to burst and cause your nose to bleed.

When my son becomes so upset, his face gets red, his ears turn red and he sometimes even breaks into a sweat. This tells me his blood pressure is going through the roof. And this would put enough pressure on those blood vessels and veins to cause a nosebleed.

I did find one case online where there may be a correlation between ADHD and epistaxis (frequent nosebleeds). Here’s the case if you’d like to read more.

I would be extremely interested to see if more cases begin to appear. If anyone sees any more while you are surfing the net, please let me know by commenting here.


7 comments for “My thoughts on ADHD, Autism and Nosebleeds

  1. Ian Kendall
    March 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm
  2. Natasha
    May 8, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I notice high behaviours before a nose bleed

  3. laura avery
    July 29, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Hi I came here because of seeking answers to the same(great blog btw) Sorry It’s some time on! Both my lads suffer and are on the spectrum. Thankfully the ENT ped agreed that cuaterising (sp) would really upset them and that it doesn’t always work so we are self managing, thankfully neither are at all bothered by it. For us it doesn’t seem connected to stress for example last night it one had one in his sleep and this morning nice peacefully colouring started the other off. I’m hoping they grow out of it. The ped recommended popping a small wipe of vasaline up the nostril at night to lubricate the lining, yet to try it , Keep forgetting to buy the stuff!

  4. Laura Conner
    September 20, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Sorry this response is years after the original post. But like a few others here, I was surfing for answers. My son is 6.5 and has ASD, and also suffers from severe, frequent nosebleeds. The first really bad one happened during his first extremely bad meltdown when he was 3yrs old. I didn’t think much of it because both myself and my husband were prone to nosebleeds when we were younger. My husband to the point where he needed to go to the hospital to get them cauterized. But now it’s definitely a trend. The nosebleed doesn’t necessarily happen during the meltdown or directly after, but could even be the next day. There is definitely a correlation between the two. My sons doctor doesn’t seem too concerned about it, just told us to keep an eye on it. The nosebleeds don’t even seem to last that long. Sadly my son seems to be getting used to it and just stands and waits for it to subside. Just a little inside. Good luck Moms and Dads.

  5. October 28, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    My daughter was diagnosed at 22. After Her diagnosis we realize I am autistic too. My daughter is looking at her childhood with a different lens, as am I. When I was a child I had severe nose bleeds. I had them a lot and sometimes even had to miss school they were so bad. I did have my nose cauterized but like you were saying about your son, they would just seem to start for no reason. I remember one really troubling thing for my childhood is how my parents would kind of make fun of me when I was having Tantrums. And I do remember the same thing or my face would get really red and I was so angry. Because no one was listening to me. It was kind of interesting to go and Google nosebleeds and autism and have some Hits come up on the topic. I also was the only one of my family who had all kinds of sensitivities and allergies and eczema from a young age. And fortunately I see my daughter suffering through the same thing. I think it’s even worse for her because there’s so much artificial stuff in food nowadays and it’s so difficult for her to find things that don’t disagree with her system. Bestie with your son

    • Ambar Hinojoza
      March 12, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      I believe I am autistic too. My sons were both diagnosed with ADHD and that’s when I realized that I probably have ADHD but the reason I pressed for a diagnosis was because my son had many many autistic behaviors. My three children do, actually. My daughter, who has eczema, would get constant nosebleeds. My boys both had picking habits. My oldest gets his stimulation from his artwork. My youngest runs around the house stimming and making weird noises, and my daughter likes to draw. As a child, I had constant nose bleeds and even had to go to emergency room. They could never figure out why. Sometimes it would happen when I cried, or if I’d been out playing in the sun for too long. I also had eczema, food sensitivities, sensitivities to chemicals, and situational mutism.

  6. Steph
    June 5, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for this . My 11 year old son too, Aspergers/ADHD & frequent seemingly random nose bleeds. (He has no allergies, no medication, nose picking either!) Definitely seems to be an internal cause. And no one else in his (non autistic) family have this Xx

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