Early this afternoon while I was changing my son’s nappy, I noticed that there’s a hint of orange thing peeking from inside his nose. I thought I was just imagining things, I look closely and I’m convinced that there’s REALLY something inside his nose. I felt slightly alarmed so we brought him to the 24-hr clinic to have the foreign object removed by the doctor. My son looks very NORMAL though, happy and no slightest sign of difficulty in breathing. He must be feeling that those things inside his nose are just regular boogers and he is used to it!
Initially, I was itching to removed it but then I was afraid of making the object go further so we went to see a doctor so as not to aggravate the situation. Luckily, there weren’t too many patients by the time we visited. Otherwise, we could have waited for ages and the more anxious I will be.
Alas, we finally saw the doctor. He asked us a couple of questions like where the object came from, if we tried removing it, any signs of distress, etc. Well, he got it at the preschool.
First try, the doctor instructed us to try removing the object using a non invasive way by doing the “mother’s kiss” approach or simply covering one nostril while blowing on the child’s mouth. This didn’t work because my boy was squirming and he felt uncomfortable and even laughing when dad is blowing on his mouth like doing a CPR.
But thanks God for our life saver aka kiddie videos which was saved in dad’s mobile phone. He can watch his favorite video while we are busy figuring out how to remove the thing from his nose.
Second try, all four of us – doctor, nurse, me and husband, joined forces in removing the foreign object from my son’s nose. The doctor was holding the forceps, nurse was holding the light and occasionally holding my son’s head, my husband in charge of holding the legs and arms and sometimes the mobile phone too so toddler will be entertained and I was in charge of sucking the object from the nose using a straw. It was tiring! All my veins were popping out of my neck from all that sucking. I then asked my husband to do it because I was already tired.
After a couple of attempts, finally the foreign object was removed!
This is what we got stuck from his nose…
Geez, kids do really love sticking things inside their nose. I was wondering how could this thing fit inside his nose. But as you know kids, they will find ways to put things where it’s not supposed to. So much for curiosity and exploration!