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Object in nose

Children often put small objects in their nose out of curiosity about what will happen. It may be some time before parents realise there is a problem.

There is a danger that the object could travel into the child's throat and potentially block their airway.


Phone 111 and ask for an ambulance if someone complaining of something up their nose starts choking or having difficulty breathing.

How can I help someone who has something stuck in their nose?

When should I get medical help?

You should get medical help if the object is stuck and won't come out, or if the person has difficulty breathing.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created December 2016.


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