If you have a small child who placed something inside their nose and they cannot get it back out, you will want to quickly work at having it removed. Toddler-aged children are often curious and will place items such as peas, raisins, small pieces of candy, beads, craft pom-poms, or small pebbles inside their nose. Sometimes small children do this and then do not tell anyone in fear they will be reprimanded. Here are some symptoms that may signify something was pushed up into your child's nasal cavity and what you can do to remove it safely.
Be Aware Of These Signs
If you notice your child is sniffing a lot and they did not have earlier signs of a cold, there is always the chance they are experiencing discomfort because something is inside their nasal passage. The bad part of this is that the foreign object will be sucked further up into the passage. When something is inside the nose, your child's nose may start to bleed as the sides of the passageway will become irritated when the object scrapes along its sides.
Try Removing With Tweezers
If your child tells you they put something in their nose or if they are displaying one or both of the above symptoms, have them sit still while you take a look inside their nasal cavities with a flashlight. If you can see the object, have someone help hold your child's arms down while you try to pick the item out with a pair of flat-edged tweezers. If the item is too far to reach safely and you see no part of the item that you can grasp easily, you risk pushing the item up the nasal cavity further. This could cause the item to be pushed into the throat or it may even make its way to a lung.
Try To Use Force
If your child is old enough to understand directions, tell them to try blowing their nose. Push your finger against the unaffected nostril so it forms a seal, helping all the exhaled air to push through the nasal passage with the obstruction. Have your child pretend to blow their nose into the air and see if the obstruction comes flying out.
Another way to have the same impact is if your child sneezes. Try using some pepper to stimulate a sneeze.
If this does not work, you can try putting your own mouth over your child's mouth and blow a short quick breath into their mouth while blocking the unaffected nostril. This air will be forced through the nasal passage, helping to dislodge the material.
Head To Urgent Care
If you are unable to get the object out with tweezers, forced air, or sneeze induction, you may need to bring your child to an urgent care center for immediate help. A physician will assess the situation and may be able to remove the item using a small vacuum extractor to suck it through the nasal passage back out the way it had gone inside.
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