A Momologue by Julie: When a little girl sticks stuff up her nose, what's a Mom to do?
And yes, I touched it, and even unraveled it, once she refused to tell me what it was. (Pass the hand sanitzier, please.) After some not-so-gentle prodding, she finally confessed that she and her friend Sara had put Kleenex up their nose during nap time. Nap time is 12:00, and it was now nearly eight. The thought of that soggy white thing being lodged up my child's nose for eight hours sent me into a tailspin. I called the friend's parents to warn them to check her nose. I talked to my daughter's teachers this morning to alert them to her little hobby so they can keep an eye out. And I called friend of Mom•Logic pediatrician Dr. Gwenn to see just what the dangers really are when a child sticks something up her nose.
"Foreign bodies up noses usually don't hide for very long," Dr. Gwenn says. "Eventually an inflammatory response will occur, such as swelling, bleeding, pain, or even infection. Many objects can be blown out of the nose by the child, like the tissue paper was, but other objects should be removed by a doctor so that infection doesn't set in. The other complication we worry about in small children is choking. The nasal passage is connected to the mouth, so a small child could snort a bead up the nose and into the mouth and swallow it. Depending on the size of the bead (or whatever the object is), a child could be at risk for
You can bet my daughter is going to continue to get a firm talking to about the dangers of sticking things up her nose!" Has your child ever stuck a foreign object in his or her nose or ear? Please tell us about it!