Bleeding into children's lungs

Bleeding into the lung, or pulmonary haemorrhage, is where blood is found in the lungs. You may see blood in your child’s nose and airways. In some cases they may also be struggling to breathe.

Doctors are not always able to identify a cause. Some possible causes are:

Your child may need a chest X-ray, a CAT scan or a bronchoscopy to diagnose bleeding into the lung. They may need to be given oxygen on a ventilator. In some severe cases, doctors might try to wash blood from the lungs using a tube.

Depending on the cause of the bleeding, your child might need medication.

For more information see the chILD foundation website

Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.