Putting foreign objects in the nose or ear
Now that your baby is exploring the world around them, they will
be interested in all the little things they find. They may also
like to explore where they can put them, like up their nose or in
Objects can block the nose and, in some cases, cause infection.
You might notice that your baby has difficult or noisy breathing,
swelling of their nose or a smelly or blood-stained discharge from
Babies may also put objects in their ear, or insects may fly or
crawl into the ear. If a foreign object gets lodged in the ear, it
may cause temporary deafness by blocking the ear canal or in some
cases it may damage the ear drum.
Watch our video - what to do if your baby has a foreign object
in their nose or ear
If your baby has an object in their nose:
1. Don’t try to remove the object.
2. Keep them calm. Get them to breathe through their mouth and
stop them from poking their nose.
3. Take them to see a healthcare professional who should be able
to safely remove the object.
If your baby has an object in their ear:
1. Don’t try to remove the object yourself. Take your baby to
see a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
2. Reassure your baby and try to keep them calm.
3. If an insect has found its way into the ear, you could
support your baby’s head with the affected ear facing up. Gently
flood the ear with slightly warm water; the insect should float
out. If this doesn’t work, take your baby to see a healthcare