Here’s a useful “how to” inspired by my little Daughter #2 who recently SHOVED a raisin up. her. nose.
This sounds like an irresponsible parenting story. I swear it isn’t. Daughter #2 is a very slow eater so I have to let her graze and take her time, and her plate is always the last to be cleared because if I clear it too early, she’ll decide she’s still eating and then cry a lot that she wanted that plate of food that she stared at blankly for 1/2 hour shoving food around with her fork but never putting anything her mouth. SO… I was clearing our lunch plates quickly so we could get our nap underway because if nap doesn’t happen in a certain window, it goes late and then the afternoon is shot and also she won’t fall asleep until 10:30 at night.
Daughter #2, who is 2 years and 4 months old, says to me, “Mommy, I put a raisin up my nose.” Freak out time. I’m not good with emergencies or vomit clean up (which is a type of emergency but not one that happened that day) or anything that has to do with blood (which also didn’t happen that day).
I called my husband, who is good in an emergency (thank goodness!). He called the pediatrician’s office who has an elaborate phone maze to ultimately leave a message for someone who will eventually call you back. In the meantime, I attempted to calm (the F) down, bundled up my two little daughters and got them in the car during said car-ride we had to keep the windows open to prevent D2 from taking that allusive nap I just mentioned. And I had to keep screaming, “STAY AWAKE!!!”
Here’s the HOW TO you were hoping for. It’s coming. We get the doctor’s office, they usher us into what is basically their kitchen which calms me immediately because this doesn’t look like a room that any non-food surgery is performed. The nurses say:
1) Mom, you’re going to lay her down and hold her head;
2) Then you’re going to close the non-obstructed nostril (… at this point I assume this is where tiny tiny tweezers come into play. I was wrong.); and
3) You’re going to blow HARD into her mouth.
….. I’m gonna what? Blow into her mouth.
….. How hard? Like [insert hard quick CPR type blowing sound].
4) [To D2]: Mommy’s going to give you a funny kiss!
They tell me that what usually happens is that the item just flies out. D2 hated that “kiss” they made me give her but it dislodged the raisin enough to give her a sneezing fit and she sneezed that sucker out right onto her shirt. I thought about taking a picture of it but really… a raisin’s a raisin.
Today D2 has been announcing: Raisins goes in the mouth!