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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?

I would never: You can wet a Q-tip and place the wet end near the object & then gently tease it off the eye. If it will not move, you need to go to an urgent care clinic so they can extract it. An alternative might be using a big bottle of artificial tears to squirt at/flush the object. You cannot control the flow or direction of a showerhead & are likely to do more harm than good. ...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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Can children go swimming while sick? Symptoms are, runny nose & lite cough.

Can children go swimming while sick? Symptoms are, runny nose & lite cough.

Not recommend: Most of the time when children are sick due to virus, but you do not want to give to other children in the pool. Furthermore their immnune system is not strong while they are sick, they can get other infection that are consider opportunistic like fungus. ...Read more

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Having nosebleeds every 3rd day, pimple like object inside nose. Had same thing in 2011. What could cause these?

Having nosebleeds every 3rd day, pimple like object inside nose. Had same thing in 2011. What could cause these?

Periodic nosebleeds: Possible staph aureus colonization and bleeding from site of infection. Are you bleeding or bruising anywhere else? If not unlikely true bleeding problem. Pimple makes me think something more local/infectious. ...Read more

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How long do objects touched by one with fever, runny nose remain infectious?

How long do objects touched by one with fever, runny nose remain infectious?

It Depends: Different infectious agents have different abilities to survive outside the body. It can be minutes to hours to days. So no "right" answer to this one! ...Read more

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Is there a risk of inhaling foreign body accidentally through the nose into the lungs?

Is there a risk of inhaling foreign body accidentally through the nose into the lungs?

Yes: Yes. If a foreign body is in the nose, depending on its size, it may get into the lungs. If your child has a foreign body in their nose, they should be seen by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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Broken vs bruised nose? I fell into an object last nite. Nose /swollen / painful to touch. Inner eyes are bruised. Small knot on nose

Broken vs bruised nose? I fell into an object last nite. Nose /swollen / painful to touch. Inner eyes are bruised. Small knot on nose

May need Xray & exam: The more important thing is that you are checked for injuries such as an orbital fracture and for a septal hematoma. A nasal bone fracture is probably not itself very important. But fractures of the orbit can cause problems with eye movement, and septal hematomas can lead to a septal perforation which may cause a persistent sensation of nasal congestion. ...Read more

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My 2 childrens 1st age is 4years and 2nd is 3years have cough morethan 1month ago they also have runny nose all time today they got fever also 102deg?

My 2 childrens 1st age is 4years and 2nd is 3years have cough morethan 1month ago they also have runny nose all time today they got fever also 102deg?

Kids: You should have them see their pediatrician to determine what is causing their recurrent symptoms. If they are having cough after running around or during their sleep, they may have asthma. Your doctor should evaluate their current febrile illness. Children at that age will acquire repeated viral infections from other children during the winter season. ...Read more

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Can sudden weather change from warm to cold outside cause runny nose/congestion in children?

Can sudden weather change from warm to cold outside cause runny nose/congestion in children?

Yes.: Yes it can. During this cold season it is possible that the symptoms are related to allergies (called allergic rhinitis) or something called non allergic rhinitis. Both conditions have overlapping symptoms with runny nose and swollen nasal passages that lead to nasal congestion and sometimes sneezing. The important thing is to see a doctor to make the diagnosis and begin the correct treatment. ...Read more

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I had an addiction to making myself sneeze by sticking long hard objects up my nose, consequently I now have lost my sense of smell completely and?

I had an addiction to making myself sneeze by sticking long hard objects up my nose, consequently I now have lost my sense of smell completely and?

Sense of smell gone: After self-inflicted nose trauma. See your doc to have an exam. He/she may refer you to an ENT doc. After that see a mental health professional for POSSIBLE OCD. Low zinc level in the body can also cause loss of smell. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

Safe or worthwhile?: Many studies over the past decade have shown no benefit of these preparations to kids under 12. They are actually discouraged for anyone under 6 because of the frequency of ER visits associated with overuse. They used to be prescription meds decades ago but in truth really just give you something to do. ...Read more