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Nasal Foreign Body

What is it? An nasal foreign (for-un) body is any small thing that is stuck in the nose. Children often put small things in their nose like beans, peas, small toy pieces, or beads.

Signs and Symptoms: At first parents may not realize that something is stuck in their child's nose. Your child may start to have a watery fluid coming out of their nose. With time, the fluid may get thick and yellow and have a bad smell. You may or may not see the object in your child's nose. The object may cause your child to have nose pain. He/she may have trouble breathing through the nose.

Care: Have your child blow his nose to try and get the object out. If this does not work, call your child's caregiver. Do not try to get the object out by yourself. You could hurt your child's nose and push the object further into the nose. It is dangerous if the object moves farther into the nose and gets stuck in the back of the throat.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about nasal foreign bodies and how they can be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.