Foreign objects in the nose
Children four years and younger will often place small objects such as beans or peas into their nose. Children often
do not complain of an object in their nose, but you may suspect this if there is
a very foul-smelling discharge from one nostril
. To remove foreign
objects from the nose, try the following:
- If you can see the object, attempt to remove it with blunt-end tweezers.
- If the object is lodged far back into the nose, compress the unblocked
nostril and encourage the child to sneeze with his mouth closed. Often
this will dislodge the foreign object.
- Steamclean his nose. If the object is water-soluble, such as a piece of candy, take the child
into the shower and get a lot of steam up the nose. A lot of humidity
will help loosen the secrections that plug the nose.
Or squirt some saltwater
(or saline nose drops) up into the nostril to soften the object and reduce its
If the object is still lodged far back in the nose and you are unable to
remove it with the above measures, take the child to the hospital where a doctor
can remove the object with a special instrument. Do not allow your child to lie
on his back or fall asleep with a foreign object in his nose since it may be
aspirated into the lungs.