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A 39-year-old male asked:

Can i safely remove a small foreign object my child placed up her nose?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Do not use force: If it tugs or does not come easy do not force this and bring the child to the er. Ask your child to sniff to let this come out.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Do not have the child sniff, aspiration could occur and lower airway obstruction can occur.
Oct 9, 2011
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you Dr. Melder - ur input helped
Oct 9, 2011
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Provided original answer
I still don't get it though why should sniffing make the object go up? Can u explain with pic - kidn
Oct 10, 2011
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
No: The problem with trying to take it out yourself is that the narrowest part of the nasal passage is right past the nostril... It's very easy to push it back farther to the point of "no return" and risk your child aspirating the object. Nasal foreign bodies are generally not emergencies and can be seen in clinic as soon as possible. The er doc can traumatize your child and cause bleeding. See an ent.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Thank you Dr. Medler i tis great to have instant expert advise
Oct 10, 2011

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