Table of contents:
- Recognizing the Signs of a Foreign Body in a Child's Nose
- First Aid to Remove Foreign Body in Child's Nose
- Immediately Take the Child to the Doctor
Curiosity can make children put a variety of objects into their noses, from clumps of paper to pebbles. Foreign bodies in the nose can be dangerous if they enter the lower respiratory tract or cause infection. Therefore, this matter needs to be addressed immediately
Foreign objects in the nose that are often found include erasers, beads, nuts, plasticine, and safety pins. The entry of these objects in the child's nose can not be underestimated. The reason is, the object can be inhaled deeper or pushed by the child's hand when he tries to remove it.
When it enters the lower respiratory tract, a foreign object can block the entry of air into the lungs and this can be fatal. In addition, foreign objects in the nose can also be a source of bacteria that cause dangerous diseases, such as diphtheria.
Recognizing the Signs of a Foreign Body in a Child's Nose
The case of a foreign body in the nose may not be dangerous if the object can come out easily, either through the nose or mouth. However, not infrequently this case endangers the he alth of the child so it needs to be handled quickly. For that, you need to recognize the signs.
Signs of a child's nose entering a foreign object are:
- Restless or crying and complaining of a sore nose
- Difficulty breathing through the nose or complaining of nasal congestion in a child who can speak
- Sounds like whistling when the child takes a breath, even though he doesn't have a cold
- Snot is clear, gray or bloody, and can smell bad if there is an infection
First Aid to Remove Foreign Body in Child's Nose
Before taking your little one to the doctor, you can do first aid at home. The method is as follows:
1. Keep calm
The first thing you should do when you find a foreign object in your little one's nose is not to panic. If you look panicked, your little one may become scared and cry more. This can be dangerous, as crying increases the risk of a foreign body being inhaled deeper and into the upper respiratory tract.
Try your little one to calm down and not cry before you try to do anything. Explain to him that you will try to remove the foreign object in his nose.
2. Ask the child to snort
If your little one has calmed down, ask him to snort or exhale forcefully through his nose. If the foreign object in the nose does not come out, then you should try to remove it. However, do not pick or pick them with your fingers because the foreign object can be pushed deeper and deeper into the lower respiratory tract.
3. Remove with small tweezers
To make it easier for you to remove foreign objects in your little one's nose, ask him to breathe through his mouth and use small tweezers that can enter the little one's nostrils. Insert the tweezers into the nostrils carefully so as not to touch the inside of the nose.
Pinch the foreign object with tweezers and gently pull it out. However, if the tweezers can't clamp the foreign object in the nose or even push it deeper, don't continue and immediately take your little one to the doctor.
Immediately Take the Child to the Doctor
If the above first aid does not go well, the foreign body needs to be removed with special equipment owned by the doctor. Therefore, you must immediately take your child to a general practitioner or an ENT specialist.
Before removing a foreign object from the child's nose, the doctor will drip or spray a local anesthetic into the child's nose. This is done to reduce pain, so the child will be calmer when the doctor performs the act of removing a foreign object in his nose.
In addition to local anesthesia, the doctor may also give medication to prevent bleeding. After the medical procedure is carried out and the foreign body is out, the doctor will usually instill antibiotics into the child's nose to prevent infection and inflammation.
Foreign objects in a child's nose are quite common cases and can sometimes be removed on their own. However, because the complications can be dangerous, prevent it as much as possible so as not to let your little one get a foreign object in the nose.
Keep small objects out of reach of children and avoid giving small-sized food to children under 3 years of age. In addition, teach children not to put small objects in their nose or mouth because it can harm themselves.
If you find a foreign object in your little one's nose, stay calm and do first aid to remove it, including the mother's kiss technique. However, if a foreign object is found in both nostrils of your little one or has made it difficult for him to breathe, immediately take him to the doctor so that the foreign object can be removed as soon as possible.