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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:

{DIY} Remove foreign object

from your toddler's nose

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 heading 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 it does!


Dee Dee:

Thank you so much for this post!!! Followed the blowing technique and removed a large butterfly bead that according to my son, has been stuck in his nose for 3 day. 3 DAYS!!, and he didn’t say a word. He’s not even toddler age, he’s 7. His older brother, who’s 9, casually mentioned while we were driving home from school, “I can still see that bead you stuck up your nose.” What??? First I tried tweezers, but I couldn’t get it out, especially since I didn’t know it was a butterfly. Then I thought to check the internet, and again, thank you so much. You saved us a trip to the ER!

May 13, 2016


I’m SOOO glad I came across this in my search to figure how to get a rock out of my two years nose. Thankfully hers came out on the first try! Thank you so much for this post, pregnant mommy here can finally calm down

Jan 27, 2016


Oh Wow!! Too bad you didn’t hear about this method then! It really wasn’t awful and much less nerve wracking then tweezers!! So glad you got it out on the first try.

May 27, 2015


Oh dear! I feel your pain! When my daughter was 2-ish (now 7) she decided to put a bead up her nose. And, of course, the more she tried to dig it out, the farther up it went. Worst part of the whole deal? We were in the midst of having an ice storm. So, the decision was 1) drive to the ER on ice or 2) attempt to remove the bead with tweezers (YIKES!). I agreed that I’d give #2 one try before driving on ice. So while my husband held my daughter still and with lots of prayers for help, I actually got that bead out on the first try. All I could think was “What, in my life, has ever qualified me to do this???” Amazing what motherhood throws your way! Glad your little one is o.k. :-D

May 27, 2015


Oh. No. Just oh no. Oh Lori, aren’t kids fun?

May 27, 2015

Katie @ explanation required:

Duly noted. I’ve got a 2 year old, so I’m sure this information will be very useful at some point in the future. Glad your little one is ok!!

May 27, 2015


Glad to help!!! I never did any of this stuff as a kid, but between my 2 girls we’ve had a bead in the nose, popcorn in the ear, and a penny swallowed. . . oy! Glad to know your daughter is up & running!! :)

May 27, 2015


Thank you so much- my toddler had shoved bits of cheese toastie up her nose and I had blown it and some came out- had used tweezers to get more out and a flashlight was used to try to see if anymore was there which I wasn’t
sure as the nose had a little blood in it too. So I tried the trick you suggested and another piece flew out- Thank-you so much for your help as I was a bit hysterical not knowing if she needed to go to the doctor or what. Her nose has stopped bleeding and she is running around like normal again. I had heard of kids doing this before but none of her older siblings ever did this – then again this is the one who got stuck in a chair between the seat and the backrest a few months ago and I had to use a screwdriver to take the back off to free her.

May 27, 2015


I just did this with my daughter and it worked! Thank you!

May 27, 2015


This trick worked for me with a small rock as well!

May 27, 2015

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