How to Remove Foreign Object from your Toddler's Nose

Interesting night last night. Little Sister had stayed home from school yesterday with a decent sized fever and body aches. However, she started to bounce back just a little before I picked her up from her Nana's house. So from then on out she was a little feisty — and after a rainy day of not getting to go outside and run, Big easily went right along with her. ( To be honest, Big wasn't being so calm & obedient to begin with.) We finally had them ready to get into bed but as we started to corral them in that direction, Little started talking about something in her nose while making an attempt to dig something out. !!!!!!!?? It immediately didn't seem the the average, run-of-the-mill booger that was being referred to. And though I still have no idea how she had the time to make the insertion as I had been holding her moments before, I knew right away that she had stuck a bead from a recently broken bracelet up her nose. After confirming that there was indeed a bead up her nose via some strategic flashlight work, it was deemed necessary to take her to the ER. And there I learned a little trick that those of you with young kids may find useful some day. That's right:



To start, you will need 1 young child with something lodged in their nose. A small rock would work, but in my example, a bead was used.

Make sure the child is breathing and not in any great pain.

(If your child is not breathing or in serious pain, GET OFF THE INTERNET AND TAKE YOUR KID TO THE ER!!!! —you know, just in case. . . Never know who reads this stuff!)

First, have your child try to blow their nose while holding the unobstructed nostril closed.

If that does not work, lay your child down cover your child's mouth with your own and give a short, firm breath (very similar to preforming CPR) to dislodge the object while holding closed the unobstructed nostril.

You may have to blow a few times, but I am told this is generally the most effective & least obtrusive way to remove the object.

(back to being serious) If the object still refuses to reappear, head on over to your doctor or the ER.

In our case, the bead came out on the first go, and though she cried initially, didn't seem any worse for the wear when it was all said and done.

In fact, as we were getting into the car she told me "That fun."
I don't think she meant it.
I think she was just heeding her Big Sister's tidings of "Have fun at the doctor!"

On the ride home she also told me, "That bad." So at least she understands the seriousness of the situation. :) And while I really hope I never find myself needing this bit of information again, nice to know what to do if I do!


September 2017 – I first wrote this post sort of as a joke, thinking that no one would really use it. However, I am so pleased that years later, I still hear from parents who have had to put this little trick into practice!  :)