We had a bit of a saga last weekend when our middle boy woke us with his screaming. It took us 2 seconds to snap awake, and another 10 seconds to register that he had got a saga seed stuck in his nose.
My first reaction… “What??! How did you…Urgh, nevermind.”
Second was “Boys…”
By this time, the husband was deep in the boy’s nose, peering into it and muttering an expletive under his breath.
Okay, that sounds bad, I thought. But he was relatively calm and clear-headed so I decided to take another approach — I consulted Google…and found some tips on what to do / not to do:
1) Keep calm. And blow out.
Cover the unaffected nostril and show your child how to blow out from the “stuck” nose. With young children, they may not be able to coordinate their actions well, so be calm and clear in your instructions. Say, “I will cover one nostril, then you breathe in using your mouth, and breathe out with your nose. Like this.” Then show it to him, or better yet, do it with him. Once he gets it, encourage him to blow out with greater strength.
Note: This may not work well with a child below 3 years old.
2) Don’t use a long object to poke into the nose.
You may end up pushing the object deeper in, or worse, make it go down the throat.
3) Suck it out.
If you have a NoseFrida nasal aspirator at home, try using it to suck the object out. This will be useful for a child who is younger, who doesn’t yet know how to blow his nose properly.
4) Do mouth-to-mouth.
We didn’t actually get to this stage, but it apparently works like a charm. If you’ve already followed steps 1, 2, and 3, then you’ll have nothing to lose with this one. Get someone to seal the good nostril with a clean finger, then proceed to blow into your toddler’s mouth. The offensive object should shoot straight out in a jiffy. (PS. I hope you never have to try this one out, but let me know how it goes if you have!)
5) Monitor over the next few days.
Be sure to watch for signs of infection, such as a foul smell or continual bleeding.
6) Remove all small items (seeds/peas/pebbles) in the house that lie within reach of the kids. Hide them well or chuck them away.
If everything fails, or if your child has difficulty breathing, call your doctor or bring your child to A&E. Remember to bring along some snacks and toys, to keep the little one happy while waiting.
***So thankfully, the saga seed was blown out of my boy’s nostril, after he followed his dad’s instructions. Now I love collecting saga seeds with my kids, but this event was a huge turn-off for me, and I don’t think I can bear looking at another seed for the next few months.
Has your child stuck something up their noses recently? What was it and how did you resolve it?