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Does anyone know how to get a pea out of a toddlers nose?!

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Lubyloo Mon 23-Jul-07 20:25:07

Can anyone help? DD (21 months) has stuck a pea up her nose. It is really high up - I can only just see it.

It's too high to get with tweezers. I made her sniff some pepper and she sneezed a lot but it didn't come down any further.

She is in bed now but very restless. I hope it will be ok up there overnight. Has anyone any ideas?

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PanicPants Mon 23-Jul-07 20:26:15

Um don't know I'd put her to bed with it in tbh.


Have you one of those suction things you use with babies to unblock their noses?

peachypie Mon 23-Jul-07 20:27:07

Your going to leave it there over-night? are you sure thats wise? Sorry im not trying to tell you what to do but i dont think i would leave it there while they sleep. Can you not take her to casualty or something?

pipsqueeke Mon 23-Jul-07 20:28:30

have you tried getting her to blow down whilst you press the other side?

DH suggested a straw to use as a sucky thing but not sure that would work - might poke it up a bit more

NeverTickleASleepingSoupDragon Mon 23-Jul-07 20:28:41

Block the free nostril and tell her to blow out hard through her nose.

SaintGeorge Mon 23-Jul-07 20:28:47

A & E, sorry. I wouldn't be happy personally leaving it up there overnight.

You shouldn't try to get it yourself with tweezers or anything, you could do more harm than good.

pipsqueeke Mon 23-Jul-07 20:29:08

don't think i'd risk it over night tbh.

NeverTickleASleepingSoupDragon Mon 23-Jul-07 20:29:11

If it doesn't work unfortunately it's a trip to A&E. You can't just leave it.

PanicPants Mon 23-Jul-07 20:29:32

You can't leave it there. Get her to A&E and they'll get it out straightaway.

tearinghairout Mon 23-Jul-07 20:29:40

You need to try to squeeze up above it, and push it down.

winestein Mon 23-Jul-07 20:30:20

There was a thread on this recently and I am trying to rack my brains. It was something like you block the clear side and put your mouth over theirs and blow.

It sounds ridiculous now, but I am sure it was something like that. Maybe a tad tricky with a 21 month old though...

Practicalpet Mon 23-Jul-07 20:30:41

If I were you I wouldn't take the risk of leaving her with it up her nose all night. Not trying to tell you what to do either but is there anyway you could get her to A&E?

southeastastra Mon 23-Jul-07 20:32:48

yes a&e the best option especially if it's lodged

FrannyandZooey Mon 23-Jul-07 20:33:50

No god don't let her go to bed with it in

you really must sort it out

ComeOVeneer Mon 23-Jul-07 20:36:04

Take her to a+e. I seem to recal VVQV's ds got something stuck uphis nose (unbeknown to her) and it started to smell terrible. Apologies if the wrong person/story.

JoMa Mon 23-Jul-07 20:36:52

winestein is right, it's called a ? kiss, you cover the unblocked nostril and gently blow into her mouth.

alibobins Mon 23-Jul-07 20:39:47

winestein is right- block the pea free nostril with your finger and put your mouh over theirs and blow hard ( it will make them cry ) do this about four times and if it doesnt come out go to a&e.

southeastastra Mon 23-Jul-07 20:41:13

unless you're confident take her to a&e to be on the safe side

JoMa Mon 23-Jul-07 20:42:06

found it. in Junior mag
"a parent's kiss requires a parent to gently cover their child's mouth with their mouth; simultaneously, they press against the 'clear' nostril then gently, but firmly, blow into the child's mouth. This either blows the foreign body out of the blocked nostril completely, or moves it to a position where it can be removed."

Lubyloo Mon 23-Jul-07 20:43:07

Now you've all got me worried. Spoke to my friend who is a nurse and she thought it would be ok until the morning. Will ring NHS Direct

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JoMa Mon 23-Jul-07 20:44:13

"If done correctly, this technique is successful in 80 per cent of children. If, however, this doesn't remove the foreign body from your childs nose, you should take her straight to hospital"


A woman wrote in to say her 4 yr old got a button so far up his nose it disappeared, when they got to A&E the nurse asked her to do the 'parents kiss'

bookwormtailmum Mon 23-Jul-07 20:45:53

If they sneeze block the good nostril with your finger and the force will expel it from the blocked nostril . The doctor in children's A & E triage told me this when I sneezed as he examined my dd's nose when she stuck a bead up there. They had to extract it with tweezers in the end .

Good luck .

Lubyloo Tue 24-Jul-07 00:20:00

Thanks all. Just back from A&E minus a pea! They used a suction tube and forceps and finally got it out. DD was very good although when they showed her the pea she asked to eat it!

For future reference- has anyone done that parent kiss thing? I did not feel happy trying that.Was worried I might blow too hard.

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kid Tue 24-Jul-07 00:25:18

Glad you got it sorted.
DS stuck a cheerio up his nose once but was old enough to understand to breathe out his nose while I held the clear nostril. It shot right across the room!

Never tried the parent kiss, but would try anything to avoid A&E

alipigwidgeon Tue 24-Jul-07 04:41:54

Damn too late, was just going to tell you about the kiss principle. Works a treat, just watch out for the snot the comes out too. My ds2 loved to shove pebbles up his nose. First trip to ER, they showed me how to do this, did it and it worked. It was required frequently after that. We had a whole backyard full of small pebbles.

Far less stressful than forceps I think. It does only work with reasonably small items though I think.

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