What’s on the Menu?
Once a toddler's located all the interesting spots in his body, the next step is to see what he can hide in there. Paula Spencer, author of Parenting Guide to Your Toddler, says, "The nose, in particular, is easily accessible for poking or stuffing." A nose that runs on only one side or a whistling/wheezing sound can be a sign of a blockage, but this problem won't go away by ignoring it. If you suspect your child has a small object stuck in an ear, nose, or other crevice, don't attempt to remove it yourself, as you may very well make the problem worse. Seek immediate medical attention. Dr. Baust agrees, "Let your doctor try getting the foreign body out first."