First, a disclaimer: Band of Fathers does not purport to offer medical advice, so if your kid sticks something up her nose you should follow your instincts and do what’s right for the little one. But after a visit to the ER Friday evening (my two-year-old stuck a pomegranate seed up her nose), I wish I’d known the following before I went in.
If your kid sticks something up his/her nose, don’t panic! Also, don’t try to suck it out (e.g. with a turkey baster, nasal suction thingy, your own mouth, vacuum cleaner–my wife and I tried only one of the aforementioned). But do try to blow it out.
After a two-hour wait in the ER, the affable young doctor/intern recommended this the second he walked in and it worked in under a minute. First, don’t bother trying to calm the baby. She’s gonna freak out anyway. Make sure she’s sitting up (so that whatever you blow out can’t fall back in). Second, pinch the unobstructed nostril. Third, form a seal on the baby’s mouth and blow until you can hear air coming out of the blocked passage. Voila! The pomegranate seed came right out!
After we got home we found several similar articles on the Web, which means that we just didn’t Google properly before we went into the ER. I hope this little piece of advice saves you a trip.
What ‘medical home remedies’ have you discovered the hard way?