The first time your child sticks a foreign object up their nose – whether it’s a seed, a pebble, a marble or a pom pom ball from Vinyl and Gifts of College Station – it can be a frightening experience for you both. Below we review what to do and, just as importantly, what not to do if an object becomes lodged in your child’s nose.
What Not to Do
Below is a list of things you should not do if there’s a foreign object in your child’s nose:
- Don’t panic. While you may be alarmed, it’s important to stay calm so that your child stays calm. This reduces the risk of them inhaling the object further up their nose.
- Don’t pull the object out unless it is clearly visible, safely within reach and you’re sure it hasn’t damaged any tissue inside the nose.
- Don’t try to remove the object with tweezers, cotton swabs or other household appliances, as this can push the object further up. In the same vein, don’t try to suck the object out with a vacuum cleaner.
What to Do
Below is what you should do if you suspect there’s an object in your child’s nose:
- Watch for the signs. If your child is too young to tell you there’s an object in their nose, look out for nasal drainage on one side, drainage with a bad odor or a bloody nose.
- Advise your child to breathe out of their mouth, if they’re old enough. This will prevent the object from being sucked up further.
- Hold the clear nostril shut and tell your child to lightly blow out of the other nostril. Don’t let them blow too forcefully or they may accidentally inhale the object further up. Try this once or twice.
The Parent’s Kiss
If the child can’t blow the object out on their own, try the parent’s kiss method. Follow the steps below:
- Wait for your child to inhale.
- As your child is exhaling, close the clear nostril.
- “Kiss” your child with a mouth-to-mouth technique.
- Blow out until you feel resistance, which means the glottis (opening between vocal folds) is closed.
- Use a quick blow to try to dislodge the object from your child’s nose.
This method is a good one to try because it’s less distressing than being restrained in a hospital. In eight trials, there have been no adverse complications, and the method has been shown to be effective six out of 10 times.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If the parent’s kiss doesn’t remove the object, you’ll need to seek medical attention. Your local ear, nose and throat clinic will have the tools needed to remove the object safely. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Texas ENT & Allergy today.