Objects in the Ear or Nose
A foreign object stuck in an ear or the nose needs to be removed. If not, an infection could result. Damage to structures in the nose or ear could also occur.
Signs & Symptoms
A child may be able to tell if an object was put in a nostril or an ear and didn't come out. If not, signs and symptoms can help identify this problem.
For an Object Stuck in an Ear
For an Object Stuck in the Nose
Medical care is needed for foreign objects that can't be removed with self-care. After an object is removed, an antibiotic may be needed if an infection is present. Small, button-sized batteries need to be removed to prevent burns.
Young children like to put things in their mouths, ears, and nose.
Questions to Ask
Do any of these problems occur?
Self-Care / First Aid
To Remove an Insect from an Ear
To Remove Objects Other Than Insects
To Remove Objects in the Nose
To reduce swelling, spray a nasal decongestant in the nostril with the foreign object.