Little children love to experiment. They put different objects up their nose. For the luckiest parents, the object is as benign as a finger. They’re very inquisitive and they have no fear, so if they find a cellphone on the couch, chances are they’re trying to hide it far up in their noses.
Foreign bodies stuck in the nose are a common occurrence in children ages 2 to 5 — and sometimes even for children as old as 7 or 8. Children are more likely to put small things like beads or popcorn kernels in their noses.
You don’t have to be a mother to perform the ‘mother’s kiss’ and blow an object out of your kid’s nose.
The following are the things you need to know once you find out your child has something in his or her little nostrils.
1.Try one time, then get help if the situation remains unresolved – Make only one attempt to remove the object on your own (unless you believe the situation is life threatening). The more times you try, the less cooperative your child will be when the doctors attempt to remove it. This increases the likelihood of needing an operation to remove the object.
- The ‘Mother’s kiss’ – If you decide to deal with the situation at home, we recommend using the “mother’s kiss” method, which works excellently for small, hard objects like beads.
Follow these step by step for the kiss method:
- Place your mouth over your child’s mouth.
- Hold the nostril that isn’t blocked shut with a finger.
- Blow gently into your child’s mouth.
- This process can be used to remove a hard object from a child’s nostril without the help of a physician. Using this gentle pressure to force the object out is successful about 60 percent of the time. A doctor typically will need to remove softer objects made of foam or tissue.
One final tip: Look for other objects
Children have a habit of putting foreign objects in the nose. This means that if a child has put something in his nose, he is likely to have also tried putting something somewhere else — like maybe in an ear, too.
So if you find one stuck object, always try to look for more.
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