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Foreign body in the nose

  • Posted on- Aug 18, 2015
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Smaller children easily get a foreign body stuck in the nose. It is especially children in the age of 1 to 5 years this happens to. During the child’s play with rocks, pearls, food or the like, a foreign body can end up in the nose. It can be the child itself or a playmate that pushes the foreign object into the nose.

foreign body in a child's nose can be present for a period of time without a parent being aware of the problem. The object may only be discovered when visiting a doctor to find the cause of irritation, bleeding, infection, or difficulty breathing.

What are the initial symptoms of a foreign body in the nose?

  • Difficulty breathing through the affected nostril
  • Feeling of something in the nose
  • Foul-smelling or bloody nasal discharge
  • Irritability, particularly in infants
  • Irritation or pain in the nose

What can you do in the form of First-Aid?
  • Do not search the nose with cotton swabs or other tools. Doing so may push the object further into the nose.
  • Have the person breathe through the mouth. He or she should avoid breathing in sharply, which may force the object in further.
  • Once you known which side of the nose is affected, gently press the other nostril closed and have the person blow gently. Avoid blowing the nose too hard or repeatedly.
  • If this method fails, get medical help.

What you should not do?
  • Do not try to remove an object that you cannot see or is not easy to grasp. This can push the object farther in or cause damage to tissue.
  • Do not use tweezers or other tools to remove an object that is stuck deep inside the nose.

When to call for medical assistance? 
  • Bleeding develops and continues beyond 2 or 3 minutes after removal of the foreign object, despite placing gentle pressure on the nose
  • An object is stuck in both nostrils
  • You cannot easily remove a foreign object from the person's nose
  • You think an infection has developed in the nostril that inhaled the foreign object

How to prevent a foreign object going into the nose?
  • Discourage children from putting foreign objects into body openings.
  • Keep small objects out of the reach of infants and toddlers.

The removal of a foreign body in the nose at the doctor’s is by the use of specially angled tweezers, tong or suction. Often, children are very uneasy during the procedure. This heightens the risk of pushing a foreign body further up the nose or that the mucous membrane is damaged with pains and nosebleed as a result. Often, the child must be held in place. In rare cases, it can be necessary to tranquilise the child, before it is possible to remove the foreign object.