Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

A raisin in the nose!

Question: Believe it or not, my 4 year old son put a raisin in his nose, it got stuck, and we ended up in the emergency room to have it removed! I thought this was the strangest thing I had ever heard! Do other children actually put things in their noses or was this an extremely unusual incident?

Answer: A raisin in the nose! Of course i believe it! If the shoe fits, wear it. In this case, the raisin fit.

Then there's a peanut, a bead, corn and don't forget the toilet paper. That's real easy to push in the nose, especially wet! The ear is another favorite place for children to stick things in.

The main problem with foreign objects in a small nose is that it has to be removed carefully or can be pushed further down. Many times it will require a trip to the emergency room.

If smaller objects find their way into the nose, there is a possibility of choking. Hopefully, your 4 year old will remember the trip to the emergency room and not want to go back. But accidents will happen.

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.