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Nasal Foreign Body in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a nasal foreign body?

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

What are some common nasal foreign bodies?

What are the signs and symptoms of a nasal foreign body?

How is a nasal foreign body diagnosed?

Tell your child's healthcare provider if you know what object is in your child's nose. Tell the provider if you tried to remove the object. The provider will look into both of your child's nostrils with a nasal speculum. This is a small tool used to hold the nostrils open. Your child may need any of the following:

How is a nasal foreign body treated?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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