Friday, March 26, 2010

saved us an ER trip with the nose trick!

It works!

My son, who is four years old and should know better, stuck a foam sticker waaaaaay up his nose. 

I have done a doctor trip (same son, peanut) and an ER trip (oldest daughter, pea) for the same thing before. I really didn't want to do it again.

But last time we had a something-up-the-nose incident, our twins were in the NICU. And when I went to visit them, I told their nurses about it. And one of them shared a trick with me, one she'd learned from a paramedic. Here it is: plug the unclogged nostril with your finger, and then cover your child's mouth with yours and blow short and swift into his mouth. The aim is to blow the obstruction out of the uncovered nostril.

So I just tried it. And guess what? That sticker flew right out! That slimy, slimy sticker.

I'm so chuffed that trick actually works!

(I have to say though: this is not medical advice, and I'm not a doctor. I'm sharing an anecdote.)

It worked, it worked and we're not going to the ER today! (I hope.)

peace of Christ to you,

Jessica Snell


TwoSquareMeals said...

That is the most useful information I've read all day.

Remouse said...

This is what the ER doctors had my husband try first before going on to more invasive methods, when my daughter (3 1/2) put a bead up her nose last month.

So I call it medically approved advice!

Amber said...

Wow, that's good to know - especially with how curious and busy our third child is... and considering our last ER trip cost us about $1000 (yes, this is what we owed after insurance - $250 per stitch, yippee) I think it could be very cost effective too!

MomCO3 said...

Deadly serious-- I did this two days after I read your post. My husband was so impressed, he assumed it was something I'd learned in medical school.

Jessica said...

Wow, Annie, what timing! I'm so glad it helped someone else. It's one of those things that, once I heard it, I thought, "now, why isn't this in EVERY PARENTING BOOK EVER? Hmm?" :D