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Nasal Foreign Body In Children

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

  • A nasal foreign body is a condition where something gets stuck in your child's nose. This may include food, small toys, beads, disk batteries, insects, worms, or pieces of broken bones and cartilage. Nasal foreign bodies may get trapped in any part of the nasal cavity. The nasal cavity runs from the nostrils (openings of the nose) down to the back of the throat. Sinuses are hollow pockets in the face bones. Tiny bones that stick out into the nasal cavity and form folds are called turbinates.Your child may have trouble breathing if the object is very deep in the nasal cavity. Nasal foreign bodies may also cause itching, pain, headache, and frequent sneezing. Blood or a thick, yellowish fluid may drain from the affected nostril. If the foreign body is alive, such as with insects or worms, your child may feel movement in his nose.
    Picture of a normal nose


  • Diagnosis of a nasal foreign body may include a detailed health history and careful checking of your child's nose. Removal of the foreign body may be done using different procedures. Insects and live worms may or may not be killed first before being taken out. Surgery may be needed to remove a deep foreign body. Repair of other injuries caused by the foreign body may also be done. With treatment, the foreign body may be removed from the nose, and more serious problems prevented.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Keep a current list of your child's medicines: Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list and the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists. Give vitamins, herbs, or food supplements only as directed.

  • Give your child's medicine as directed: Call your child's primary healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Ask before you change or stop giving your child his medicines.

Ask for more information about where and when to take your child for follow-up visits:

For continuing care, treatments, or home services for your child, ask for information.

What to do if your child has a nasal foreign body:

  • Do first aid if your child is having trouble breathing. Do back blows and abdominal thrusts if your child is less than one year old. Do a Heimlich maneuver if your child is older. Ask your child's caregiver for information about how to do back blows, abdominal thrusts, and the Heimlich maneuver.

  • Do not put anything in your child's nose to try to take the foreign body out. This may push the object deeper into the nasal cavity.

  • Have your child blow his nose to try and get the object out. If this does not work, call your child's caregiver.

  • Teach your child to tell someone right away if he has placed a foreign body inside his nose. Teach him not to put things inside his nose.

CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:

  • Your child has a fever.

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

  • Your child is bleeding or fluid continues to drain from his nose.

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

SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:

  • Your child is coughing, wheezing, has noisy or troubled breathing, or cannot breathe.

  • Your child is vomiting, gagging, choking, drooling, has neck or throat pain, or cannot swallow.

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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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