The other day I cooked Chicken Alfredo and decided to add peas to it. You know, mix the veggies in with the good stuff, so the kids will be more likely to eat it since they love Chicken Alfredo. Anyway, I settled both of my children in at the table with their plates. Right after they began eating I decided to make a quick run to the bathroom.
When I returned in under 3 minutes, everything looked good. The kids were still eating and enjoying the food. My daughter was messy as always when she eats pasta, but I noticed that she kept putting her finger to her nose. I went over to her and bent down so that I could be directly in her face. She had stuck a pea in her nose! I could not believe it. I touched it to see if I could pull it out because it was right there at the opening of her nostril, but I couldn’t get it and I did not want to push it up farther.
So I took her out of her high chair and told my husband what happened and asked him to hold her so that I could work on getting the pea out. He took her and calmly pushed down on the bridge of her nose and he slid his finger down to try to push the pea out. He did it twice and on that second try, it came down. I was so relieved.
Immediately, we told her not to do that anymore and she just looked at us and smiled as if to say, “Yeah, okay! Make sure you check up my nose tomorrow!” My husband and I began joking about how different my daughter has been from my son. My daughter likes to stick everything in her mouth and now we can add her nose. With my son if it wasn’t food then he was not putting it in his mouth. She enjoys getting messy. Lately, she likes to rub the food she is eating in her hair. With my son I had to convince him that we really don’t need paintbrushes to finger paint hence FINGER painting. He just likes to stay so fresh and so clean.
My husband and I began joking about how different my daughter has been from my son. My daughter likes to stick everything in her mouth and now we can add her nose. With my son if it wasn’t food then he was not putting it in his mouth. She enjoys getting messy. Lately, she likes to rub the food she is eating in her hair. With my son I had to convince him that we really don’t need paintbrushes to finger paint hence FINGER painting. He just likes to stay so fresh and so clean.
Back to the pea situation, so everything returned to normal. My daughter was playing and her nose did run a bit, but I figured the pea must have irritated her nose. About a half an hour later I began to get my children ready for bed. As I was about to change my daughter’s diaper guess what I saw…. Yup, another stinking pea. This pea must have gone in first because it was much farther up her nose. I immediately took her to Dr. Daddy since it was so easy for him before. He tried his previous method but this pea was not budging. We tried to get her to blow her nose. My husband, son and I were all around her blowing to try to get her to do it. But of
I immediately took her to Dr. Daddy since it was so easy for him before. He tried his previous method but this pea was not budging. We tried to get her to blow her nose. My husband, son and I were all around her blowing to try to get her to do it. But of course, this time, she didn’t want to join in on the fun. Then we decided to try tweezers. So, I went and retrieved the plastic tweezers from our first aid kit. My daughter let my husband try about 2 times, and after that, she was just not having it. It looked like the pea was actually going further up.
While my husband and I were going back and forth on whether we should take her to the hospital or just wait a little bit longer and see what happens…She sneezed. Then we said it will probably act like a booger/boogie and just slide down on its own. She sneezed again. We started cheering for her to sneeze it out. On the third sneeze, whoomp there it was! The pea came out and we were all so happy. You could tell that she was even relieved. We checked up there again just to make sure, but we didn’t see anything and her nose stopped running.
While we were deciding what to do next after the tweezers I began to do a little internet research as well. Just to see what others have done or what is recommended to do if this situation occurs. According to my research, children are known to stick objects in their noses: small toys, pieces of tissue, beads, food, etc. If the object is not visible or easy for you to get out, you should try to get the child to blow their nose. Also, don’t try multiple objects, such as a Q-Tip or your finger, to stick up the child’s nose. There is a chance that you could push the object further back, which will make it even harder for a doctor to get out.
Call the doctor and get instructions from him or her, if you have tried these methods and the object still does not come out. Or, if you suspect that the child might still have something in their nose. A doctor might even ask you to perform a Mother’s Kiss.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the parent/guardian would place their mouth over the child’s mouth, then hold the unaffected nostril closed with one finger and blow into the child’s mouth. This will push air through the nostril that has the foreign object in it and may push it out. This technique reportedly worked about 60% of the time. The article also notes that this should be done with a doctor present since in rare cases it could push the object further back even possibly into the child’s lungs.
All I know is that I will check my daughter’s nose more often for foreign objects. Also, I will definitely begin to mash up any foods that I think she might try to stick up her nose. I am trying to remain hopeful that this situation does not happen again, but with toddlers you never know.
Has your child ever gotten anything stuck up their nose? Did you use any method to try and get the object out?