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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.
  • 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.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

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

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

Contact your child's 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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