Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mom I stuck a popcorn kernel in my nose..- foreign bodies

Little kids do this. I dont know why.

I have pulled many foreign bodies from little kids noses and ears. You ask the kid why they did it and the answer is always "I dont know"

Most of the time you will need a medical person to help you remove the offending object. But there are some things you can try on your own.

If it's in the ear there's not a whole lot you can do about it yourself. But if it's your nose, there is a trick you can try:

Cover your child's mouth. Blow as hard as you can into the unobstructed nose. The object should come flying out!

If it doesn't then you need to take your child to have it removed.

One thing to keep in mind- if your child has put a food item into their ear or nose such as a bean or popcorn kernel then DO NOT squirt water into the area. This will cause it to swell and make it harder to get out! (Think about what happens when you soak beans)

Next we'll talk about swallowed foreign bodies..

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