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

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

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. ...Read more

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If a child sticks a foreign object up their nose, how long will it take for them to stop breathing and die if it is not removed?

If a child sticks a foreign object up their nose, how long will it take for them to stop breathing and die if it is not removed?

Doesn't happen: It can be up there for days and the kid will start smelling like they have terminal body odor. After it is pulled out, the trapped germs begin to disappear and the kid returns to normal. They often need a brief antibiotic course for a sinus infection. ...Read more

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What treatments for foreign object in nose can I try at home?

What treatments for foreign object in nose can I try at home?

Blow it out: For young children. Occlude the non-affected bare, place your mouth over theirs with a good seal and give a quick "puff" of breath. This often will blow the object out. Be warned that the object and mucous may hit you in the face when you do this. For older kids or adults, simply attempt to blow it out by blowing the nose. If unable to do this then seek medical care. ...Read more

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Doctor scared my son talking about him having foreign object in nose. What would you say?

Doctor scared my son talking about him having foreign object in nose. What would you say?

Consequences: Doctors can not keep patients from doing things that might hurt themselves; we are here to provide information about the potential consequences of such actions. ...Read more

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Can I use a shower head to flush out a small foreign object in my eye?

Can I use a shower head to flush out a small foreign object in my eye?

Foreign body in eye: The best way to to flush a foreign body from your eye is to completely fill a cup with water & blink your eye in it several times on top of the sink until you see it in the cup, the shower head might be too strong for your eye. If this fails please see your doctor or an ophthalmologist. Good luck ...Read more

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Regular bloody noses. No foreign object concerns. Ac, yes. It is always precipitated by a feeling of mucous draining from sinus- but red blood. What?

Regular bloody noses. No foreign object concerns. Ac, yes. It is always precipitated by a feeling of mucous draining from sinus- but red blood. What?

Postnasal drainage: From allergies can very well cause nosebleeding as you described. You will need to take antihistamines and nasal sprays w steroids. Clean your nose with saline solutions or otc nasal mist. Need to rule out bleeding disorders if you have easy bruising, tires easily or petechial spots. ...Read more

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My 8yo has had for years an infection odor surrounding her head. Inside r nostril shows a swollen red lump. History epistaxis. Foreign object or what?

My 8yo has had for years an infection odor surrounding her head. Inside r nostril shows a swollen red lump. History epistaxis. Foreign object or what?

Foreign body: With the story you tell it is very conceivable that she has a foreign body in her nose. The swollen red lump can represent a response to a foreign body or it may be a nasal polyp she should have an ENT physician take a peek up her nose to verify the problem. ...Read more

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I hadan object fall from a high shelf, it hit my nose on the side. It is cut along the nose, I have some pain. Do you thinknits serious?

I hadan object fall from a high shelf, it hit my nose on the side. It is cut along the nose, I have some pain. Do you thinknits serious?

Nasal trauma: Go to the er if the cut is deep or bleeding. They may be able to tell if it's broken but you may need to see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What are common causes of nose bleeds in children?

What are common causes of nose bleeds in children?

Can't stop the bleed: The most common reason for nosebleeds in children is dryness in the nose. Dryness can be due to dry heat in the home or changes in weather. You may try putting a nasal saline gel inside the nose to keep the nose lubricated and moist. If the nose continues to bleed, you may need to see an ear, nose, throat doctor to cauterize the blood vessel which is bleeding and may be close to the surface. ...Read more

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Can nose catilage in children move back after an impact?

Can nose catilage in children move back after an impact?

Yes but...: If the nose is broken it possibly would need to be reset to prevent problems with sinus issues later. Go see your pediatrician and he or she may refer you to an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What causes a bleeding nose in children?

What causes a bleeding nose in children?

Epistaxis: In children (as well as adults) a common cause of nose bleeds is trauma (nose picking) direct injury and rarely bleeding disorders will cause epistaxis. ...Read more

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Was giving one of my children a rectal temp. Before I had a chance to wash it, his bro took thermometer and put it up nose. Worry about e. Coli?

Was giving one of my children a rectal temp. Before I had a chance to wash it, his bro took thermometer and put it up nose. Worry about e. Coli?

It happens: Kids do crazy things sometimes. Something like this comes along that you never even though could happen in your home. Our skin/mucosal linings are there to protect us. In the event of redness in or around the nose and/or discharge, have your pediatrician take a look. Otherwise, remind him to never do that again. Take a deep breath, he'll be ok. ...Read more

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What to do if I have seen cancer children wearing masks for their mouth and nose. Why?

What to do if I have seen cancer children wearing masks for their mouth and nose. Why?

THEIR OWN PROTECTION: Children with cancer, especially those currently undergoing treatments, are more susceptible to the common afflictions that we deal with every day. Ergo, to protect them from common viruses from visitors, family, and staff, they wear masks. Good question. ...Read more

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What's the best way to stop a nose bleed and does that differ between adults and children?

What's the best way to stop a nose bleed and does that differ between adults and children?

Pinch nose >10 min: Sit up straight and tip your head slightly forward (not back). Use your thumb and forefinger to firmly pinch the soft part of your nose shut. The nose consists of a hard, bony part and a softer part made of cartilage. Nosebleeds usually occur in the soft part of the nose. Keep pinching for a full 10 minutes without checking (this helps form clot). Adults and kids use same technique. ...Read more

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My son's nose is blocked. We are administering Xylo Acino 0.05% for children but there is no change. Always having sleepless nights. Any help please.

My son's nose is blocked. We are administering Xylo Acino 0.05% for children but there is no change. Always having sleepless nights. Any help please.

If a long-term prob-: Lem, see an ENT. A humidifier may help. Xylometazoline can cause sleep problems. Night-waking can be a habit. Establish a regular bedtime. Brush his teeth after his last feed. Read, rock, then put him to bed in his own room drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm without bottle or pacifier. Ignore night-crying consistently as it 1st increases before it stops. See tips on healthychildren. Org. ...Read more

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Is cetirizine helpful for children with asthma and running nose?

Is cetirizine helpful for children with asthma and running nose?

Antihistamine: Certirzine is an antihistamine and will help the symptoms of allery and runny nose.
You must continue your action plan and your asthma meds. ...Read more

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What causes a bloody nose and how do you prevent them? I work at a preschool and a lot of children are getting random bloody noses.

What causes a bloody nose and how do you prevent them? I work at a preschool and a lot of children are getting random bloody noses.

3 top reasons...: The three top reasons for bloody noses in children are picking their nose, picking their nose and PICKING their nose! The trauma could be as simple as rubbing the nose externally because of irritation from allergies or from the environment (dust, smoke...), but most often is that little finger going inside the nose and picking. Increasing humidity with humidifier or nasal saline spray can help. ...Read more

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Could frequent nose bleeds in children be caused by behavioral problems?

Could frequent nose bleeds in children be caused by behavioral problems?

Unlikely: The nose is covered inside by thin membranes& many capillaries that add moisture to dry air when we breathe. Conditions that irritate the nose, like pollen, dust, smoke etc. Often drive a child to rub the nose or pick it. Half awake kids often rub their face in their pillow & you find a bloody pillowcase in the morning. In 30+ yrs of treating kids, I have never heard of a behavioral disorder with this. ...Read more

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Can past history of foreign body in nose be a cause for nose bleed?

Can past history of foreign body in nose be a cause for nose bleed?

How far past?: You wouldn't expect any nose bleed from a FB removed from the nose a couple weeks or more in the past. If any portion is retained it tends to form a smelly nidus of infection within days that eventually leads to removal. ...Read more

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