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How are Foreign Objects in Kids Removed?

by | Jan 31, 2023

How are foreign objects in kids removed? KidsStreet Urgent Care is here to tell you about foreign object removal. 

Foreign Object Removal In Kids 

The method of foreign object removal in kids depends on the type of object they have come into contact with. 

Foreign Object Removal From The Ears And Nose

The ears and nose are some of the most common places where children lodge foreign objects. 

Methods of removal are similar in each of these cases. If your child has a foreign body in their ears or nose, here’s what your medical provider is likely to do to remove it: 

  • A medical professional will do an exam to determine the type and size of the object lodged in the ears or nose. 
  • Once they have determined the characteristics of the object, they will attempt to remove the object gently with tweezers, light suction, or sometimes forceps. 

Foreign Object Removal From The Skin

Splinters and glass shards can easily make their way into your little one’s skin. You can often remove these objects at home, but for the more complicated ones, you should go to a pediatric urgent care center. 

KidsStreet Urgent Care offers foreign body removal from the skin in our children’s urgent care services. 

To remove a splinter or glass shard at home, you should: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading germs to the area. 
  • Clean the area with rubbing alcohol. 
  • Grab the splinter or piece of glass with tweezers and gently remove it. 

If you suspect the area is infected before removal or after, visit a children’s urgent care clinic. They may be able to provide an antibiotic ointment to get rid of the infection. 

Foreign Object Removal From The Throat 

Small objects can become lodged in a child’s throat, making it uncomfortable to breathe or swallow. For cases involving an object stuck in the upper throat, you should visit your local children’s urgent care. A board-certified medical provider will locate the object in the throat, numb the area, and gently pull it out. 

If your child has swallowed a small object and has difficulty breathing, go to the emergency room immediately. 

Foreign Object Removal From The Eyes 

Allergens in the environment may irritate the eyes but typically go away independently. If your child suffers from frequent eye irritation, visit a medical provider. 

Car accidents can cause shards of glass or metal to enter the eye. If your child has glass or metal in their eyes, visit the emergency room as soon as possible. 

Foreign Object Removal From The GI Tract

Most small toys and objects swallowed will pass on their own, but you should still seek medical attention if you believe your child has swallowed an object. A medical provider can determine whether the child can pass it alone. 

If the object is too large for them to pass, a simple surgery may be performed to remove the object. 

If your child has swallowed a battery of any kind, go to the emergency room immediately. Batteries can leak harmful substances. 

Turn To KidsStreet Urgent Care

KidsStreet Urgent Care regularly removes foreign objects, and wants to get your child healing and feeling better, fast! 

You can register online to join the queue and wait from your home or car. We will send you a text when we’re ready for you. 

Walk-ins are always welcome; however, please be aware that registering online reduces in-clinic wait times. Walk-ins are added to the same queue as those who register online. 

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