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Nasal Foreign Body In Children


A nasal foreign body is an object that is stuck in your child's nose. This is most common in children ages 2 to 6.



  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines are given to decrease your child's pain and fever. They are available without a doctor's order. Ask how much medicine is safe to give your child, and how often to give it.

  • Give your child's medicine as directed: Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not helping or if he has side effects. Tell your child's healthcare provider if your child takes any vitamins, herbs, or other medicines. Keep a list of the medicines he takes. Include the amounts, and when and why he takes them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits.

  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.

Follow up with your child's primary healthcare provider or otolaryngologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your child's primary healthcare provider or otolaryngologist if:

  • Your child has a fever.

  • Your child's nose continues to bleed or drain pus after treatment.

  • Your child has a headache or pain in the cheeks or around the eyes.

  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child vomits, gags, chokes, or drools.

  • Your child has neck or throat pain.

  • Your child cannot swallow.

  • Your child coughs, wheezes, or has noisy breathing.

  • Your child has trouble breathing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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