How to Remove Peas from a Toddler’s Nose

I was reading New Mummy’s Blog today ‘A first I could have done without’ and it reminded me about an incident we had with Madame about a year ago.  We were sitting at the table having dinner, nothing memorable; except there were peas involved…you can probably guess what’s coming next.

I don’t remember how it happened or how we noticed that it had happened but she had managed to lodge a pea up her nose.  I had a quick look and couldn’t see it but knew damn well it was up there.  My first thought was to stick something up there and ferret it out (toothpick, tweezers, skewer) but feared if she moved I’d give her a lobotomy.

So, I don’t know where the idea came from, but in one fell swoop, I plugged the pea-less nostril, put my mouth over her nose and sucked!  Out popped the snot laden pea!  Ptooey! For those of you who don’t know me well, I have a huge snot gag reflex.  I can barely wipe a nose.  I’m amazed I didn’t hurl.

I then strode around like a proud peacock thinking I was a genius, saving us a trip to the A and E until someone kindly pointed out that I did it back to front.  I should’ve plugged the nose, like I did, but then in fact blow into her mouth and it would have dislodged the pea!!!!!!!  No need for mouth to snot contact!  Doh!

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13 thoughts on “How to Remove Peas from a Toddler’s Nose”

  1. I can't believe that i am actually admitting this, but when C was a baby he had a really bad cold and in a desparate effort to help him i sucked the snot out of his nose!!! so empathise!

  2. Consider yourself lucky – my little one lodged a button up her nos and we DID end up in A&E. They tried tweezers and suction but nothing worked. They were talking about knocking her out and surgically removing it when the nurse suggested one last resort – the Mother's Kiss. Which is basically exactly what you describe (blocking nostril and giving a hard blow to the mouth) It worked a treat – I don't know why they don't teach the technique to all new mums!!! Glad to hear your technique also worked – snot and all!! xx

  3. So pleased I read this post a few days ago…..yesterday my 2yo had a raisin up his nose. Like you, my first thought was tweezers but I was scared of pushing it further up or hurting him. Then I remembered this post and quickly plugged the opposite nostril and blew in his mouth. Worked a treat although he was shocked and surprised and there were a few tears. I’m sure there would have been more if we’d had to take a trip to A& E though! Thank you!

  4. Yuup! Has to do it myself tonight. Three peas up one nostril and four up the other. How the heck are they so sneaky? I covered one nostril, blew in his mouth and then the other. Yuk! Peas bouncing off my cheeks is so gross. LOL

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