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Foreign object in the nose

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object in noseChildren often put small objects in their nose. Objects may include food, beads, buttons, crayon pieces and small toy parts. 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. The object could also cause irritation, bleeding and infection.



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

How to tell is someone has an object stuck in their nose

If someone has an object in their nose, they may:

A baby or infant with an object stuck in their nose may be irritable.

Helping someone who has an object stuck in their nose

Getting medical help

You should get medical help immediately if:

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2022.


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Review key: HIFAD-141030