Foreign body in the nose
This article discusses first aid for a foreign object placed into the nose.
Something stuck in the nose; Objects in the nose
Curious young children may insert small objects into their nose in a normal attempt to explore their own bodies. Objects placed in the nose may include food, seeds, dried beans, small toys (such as marbles), crayon pieces, erasers, paper wads, cotton, beads, button batteries, and disc magnets.
A foreign body in a child's nose can be there for a while without a parent being aware of the problem. The object may only be discovered when visiting a health care provider to find the cause of irritation, bleeding, infection, or difficulty breathing.
Symptoms that your child may have a foreign body in his or her nose include:
First aid steps include:
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Get medical help right away for any of the following:
Prevention measures may include:
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Review Date: 9/23/2019
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Emeritus, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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