How to Remove Objects From the Nose
Raisins, rocks, seeds, beads, bells, and buttons: all of these objects will fit in a small child's nose.
How do I know?
Personal experience. Lots of it.
Yes, I was a child who shoved things up my nose. My children, too, are prone to stuffing objects up their noses. Even the children I had in day care seemed to have the nose-shoving gene.
Some children will tell you when something is stuck. Others, however, prefer to ignore the problem. These are the ones you really have to be aware of.
Signs that an object is stuck in the nose:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Funny sounds out of the nose.
- Swelling of the nose, particularly on one side.
- Blood trickling out of the nose.
- A bulge high up on the nostril. The bulge may be soft or hard, depending on the object.
Did you know, by the way, that a bean in the nose will sprout?
What is a parent or caregiver to do, if an object is found to be lodged in the nose?
How to Remove Objects from the Nose
- Have the child try to blow their nose while pinching the unaffected nostril closed.
- If you can see the object, but it can not be blown out by the child, try grabbing it with tweezers and gently pulling it out.
- If the object cannot be seen, and the child's blowing is not working, blow it out yourself.
This third option is similar to preforming CPR. You will want to place a Kleenex between the child's nose and your face. Then, while pinching the child's unaffected nostril shut, gently blow into the child's mouth.
You may have to blow several times, but with a little persistence, the object will come out.
Beads and other things with holes in them are the hardest to get out, as the holes allow air to pass through them. But once there is a build up of snot, the object will come out.
Beans, raisins, and the like have a tendency to swell in the nose, making prompt removal very important.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
- Theodore Roosevelt
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