Vacuum Removal of Object Stuck in Child's Nose

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Introduction: Vacuum Removal of Object Stuck in Child's Nose

About: I got an old sewing machine when I was just a kid, and I've been hooked on making stuff ever since. My name is Sam and I'm a community manager here at Instructables.

My kids seem to have this issue with sticking things in their noses. It's kind of scary at first, but it's not life-threatening. Here are some common methods used for removing an object stuck in the nose:

  • Plug the opposite nostril, close mouth, and have child blow out the nostril that has the foreign object in it
  • Induce a sneeze to more forcefully blow it out (with pepper or some other method that works)
  • Delicately grab the object with tweezers (but don't make things worse by shoving it in further)

Unfortunately, if your child jams something way up into his or her nose or just won't sit still enough, these methods might not work. You may need to go to a doctor, and possibly to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Smaller kids can be physically restrained well enough so the doctor can work, but often bigger kids cannot. At worst, if your child can't remain still enough he may need to be sedated so the doctor can get in there with his or her tools to get whatever it is, out.

Recently, our two year-old stuck a LEGO man's arm into his nose. We tried all the regular methods as best we could (with a squirmy, crying child), with no luck. I decided to try something new and perhaps save a lot of trauma, time, and money. I got out the shop vacuum, and with a quick nozzle modification, we sucked that Lego man's arm out of my kid's nose lickety-split!

Now, be sure to read ALL the steps before you condemn me as a terrible, irresponsible parent.... and if you ever try something like this... blah, blah, blah, use common sense, blah, blah, blah.

Step 1: Get the Vacuum

My shop vacuum was handy, so that's what I used.

Step 2: Modify the Nozzle at the End of the Hose

I taped the tube section of a Bic-style pen into the nozzle opening, making sure to tape it well enough to seal up the end of the nozzle so all the suction was focused at the tip of the pen.

Step 3: Remove Object With Suction (hopefully)

I was slightly concerned that the tiny nozzle might grab some skin, so I held the pen tip as shown in the photo.

I did not insert the pen into my child's nose!

With the vacuum turned on, I carefully held the tip of the pen right next to my son's nostril and the offending Lego arm popped right out!

Crisis averted, hospital avoided... Another successful day in parenting!

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113 Discussions

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Yomiko
Yomiko

10 years ago on Introduction

I find it interesting that so many people freak out over the idea of suction being used, but guess what the ER uses... suction!
My daughter (about 5 years old at the time) squished down a foam bead and shoved it up her nose. I tried making her blow, tweezers, pushing down on her nostril, nothing worked (I didn't know about the plug-and-blow method!). Children's ER tried the same things, had one person pushing it down, having her blow AND suction to finally get it out! The resident helping asked her why she shoved it up her nose. She looked at him and with a completely serious face, responded "because I tried to put it in my ear but it wouldn't fit!"

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seamster
seamster

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

My wife and I both laughed out loud when we read your daughter's response. That's pretty funny stuff.

I'm certain that most people who complain about stuff like this don't have real children. (They most likely have chihuahuas in little sweaters that they carry around in giant purses.)

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Talonj
Talonj

Reply 4 years ago

Please help I know this is stupid but I snorted pills, now I have an ED and I had a stroke.
Please help I need real help without docters!

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LiveCrafts
LiveCrafts

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Nah, the ER uses medical super glue. I should know.....

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Lenecca
Lenecca

5 months ago

I can't wait to try this out. My 2 yo has a thing for putting cotton or fuzzies/hair in his cheek and now in his nose to save it for later. 😒 I'm definitely saving this.

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Jemiba1985
Jemiba1985

4 years ago

This is the most effective way to get something out of your toddlers nose. My 2 year old stuck a pecan longer than my pinkie nail and it was very very deep inside and i could hardly see it. I was about to vacuum it out when the phone rang and my husband told me to close the nostril that has nothing inside and give a big blow with my mouth to my baby's mouth, kinda like CPR but one BIG blow. I did it and in less than a second, the pecan came out. I was surprised at the size of the pecan stuck in there. I really feel so bad that i thought it was probably tiny and it would probably come out on its own, thank God for that method

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kshetra
kshetra

Reply 6 months ago

Hi...a big sigh relief!! Just now I blew out a small thermocoal ball out of my 1.5yr old son in just one blow. We freaked out and tried many things until we used the technique suggested by you through this website. Thank you so much dear..god bless you.

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DevanshiK
DevanshiK

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for your comment. My 2 years daughter stuck a pearl inside her nose and I use your method to blow it out in 4-5 attempts finally I was successfully remove it from her nose. Once again thank you so much

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kaicar9999
kaicar9999

8 months ago

My 2 year old daughter stuck a piece of pretzel up her nose.I tried making her sneeze by smelling pepper,tweezers,and even the bulb syringe finally I found this and it worked great.

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seamster
seamster

Reply 8 months ago

That is excellent to hear! I'm glad you found this and it worked for you : )

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ChelseyN1
ChelseyN1

1 year ago

Thank you for posting this!! my 2 year old shoved a bead up his nose and your technique saved me from a trip to the emergency room.

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seamster
seamster

Reply 1 year ago

Wooo, nice!!!

I'm glad it worked out and you were able to get things taken care of. Thank you for the comment!

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DeborahB130
DeborahB130

1 year ago

Worked perfectly for popcorn seed removal on a 20 month old! Thanks

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seamster
seamster

Reply 1 year ago

Woohoo! Glad you found this and were able to use the info. Always happy to hear things like this!

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lbrand1
lbrand1

2 years ago

Many thanks for the suggestion! Worked on our two year old with an airsoft bb in his nose. Worked with our home vacuum. It was so quick, we weren't even sure it had come out. We had to dump out the vacuum contents to check. :)

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seamster
seamster

Reply 2 years ago

Hey, that's great to hear!! I'm glad you found this and it worked for you. Thanks for the comment :)

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Kallie0704
Kallie0704

4 years ago

Although this thread is older, the comments are so entertaining!! The flexable straw idea, awesome! I dont know about everyone, but the last thing I want to do is go to the ER, especially with a child. That just screams " let's turn this more traumatic" up a couple more notches. Glad to know there are innovative people still around

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AliciaH50
AliciaH50

4 years ago

SO GLAD I JUST FOUND THIS THREAD!!! My son stuck a bead in his nose last night and his new insurance doesn't kick in until September. So, going to try this today!!!

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chilihook
chilihook

4 years ago

Wish I'd read this a month ago when my son get a small Lego brick stuck up his nose! Favoriting this and moving it to the front of my queue till he's 15.

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eodb.ondabeats
eodb.ondabeats

5 years ago

Will a house hold vac work too?