A Simple Trick To Remove A Bead From A Child’s Nose

I have no idea why children love to shove things up their nose but if you have a child or multiple children you’ve likely encountered this act. From beads and tiny legos to watermelon and everything in between, if it can fit in their nose, there’s a good chance a child, at some point, will attempt to place the object inside.

Thankfully, there is a simple trick used by ER doctors and nurses that can help you quickly and safely remove hard to detach objects.

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We’ve broken the process down into four easy to follow steps that might save you a trip to the emergency room or prompt care. This practice was provided to us by a pediatric nurse who graduated from John Hopkin’s University.

Step 1: Prepare to blow into your childn’s mouth as you would if performing CPR. Place your mouth over your childn’s mouth to create a seal.

Step 2: Block your child’s clear nasal passage with a finger.

Step 3: Blow with strong puffs into your child’s mouth.

Step 4: Repeat this process while giving your child breaks to breath between each attempt. If successful the object that has become logged in your child’s nose should break free.

If this trick doesn’t work, we suggest visiting a doctor’s office immediately.