Monday, June 16, 2008

Anybody Out There Who Nose...?*

why my son keeps putting stuff UP his nose?!(and it's always the same nostril) (I figured I'd go ahead and ask about it here because there's always someone reading who's an expert on ____!) I know many young kids try this, but it's usually a one-time thing, right? Now if you turned out for April's release, you may remember that during the party my 3 year old William lodged a band aid in his nostril(to the point where we couldn't see it), which 30 minutes after the retrieval resulted in a bloody nose(but fortunately, due to my calm, collected nature(yeah, right!) and with the help of many in the forum, no trip to the ER. We'll call this "Incident #1". The following week, he did it again (no blood this time) Last week, it was a cardboard jigsaw puzzle piece. A few days ago, a huge wad of gum. (Please believe me when I say this was a rare treat, I don't normally let them have gum, Jonathan have never even tried gum until this past year(so of course William discovered it, too) and when I saw him in the process of stuffing it in (this was the first time I'd actually caught him in the act, all the other times he would come to me and say "me put a ____in my nose, pease get it out") and when I yelled "NO!", instead of pulling it out or pretending he hadn't done it or whatever you'd expect a normal kid to do when caught shoving up something up his nose, with both hands he started frantically working to get it all the way in before I could get it away from him!! The last (latest!) incident (#5!) involved a piece from a Perfection game, he broke the handle off(what a clever boy!) so he could cram them both in!!

What. is up. with THAT?!! HELP, I'm this close to putting a strip of duct tape over his nose!! **

In the meantime I do not have a card to post I can show you today, as I am cranking out sneak peeks BUT: you don't have to wait long! The sneak peeks start tomorrow, the first will be here one minute after midnight!!! So EXCITED!!!!!

PS I have been trying my darnedest to alert everyone about my challenge by leaving little message for people to give them heads up about by searching online, I hit a lot of you this morning, but know I'm missing a LOT who have my sets, there has got to be a better way!! So please go upload if you 've made stuff with my sets!! :) The free set is calling your name!!


*yeah, I know I misspelled "knows"!

**I wouldn't really do that

24 comments:

Regina Cornelius said...

well....i am certainly no nose expert...but i think i would want to resort to the duct tape!!! lol! did your pediatritian have any advice? i feel for you...that would be scary...especially since he does it to the point that you can't see soemthing. good luck.

Laurie in mn said...

I would make sure he gets his nose x-rayed to make sure nothing else is stored up there.

What is the punishment for putting things up his nose? Maybe take away a favorite toy? He doesn't get dessert or treats for the day?

Good Luck, I wish I had a solution for you.

Linsey said...

OMG, that is hysterical! Sorry, I don't have any advise, but you've totally got me rolling here! Looking at that adorable face while reading your post was too much--Isn't that just why God made 'em so darn cute--so we don't destroy them, lol! Hey, at least he's honest--maybe it's the drive and motivation to succeed in his goal..that's a good thing, right? hehe. In all seriousness, though, I do hope he stops that for his safetey--but if he does it again, you simply MUST let us know! Maybe we can start a game--what will William put up his nose next??? He's seems to be graduating to bigger and better objects, so my guess is a live bug of some sort--gross! lol!

Whimsey said...

No, it's not funny; but I had a friend's daughter that stuck a couple cheerios up her nose...they didn't find them till is started to STINK...yup; stuff was growing in there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope someone has a great answer for you!!

szbacn1@msn.com said...

Well... all behavior serves a purpose meaning the behavior gets the person something. Therefore, if you find out what he is getting out of the nose stuffing (I suspect attention... in this case negative attention)you should know why he is doing it. Is it possible that you have been super busy lately and, even though you're physically present you're not there to give attention? Some kids require more attention than others and its best to give positive attention. Has he had any transitions lately (like the end of nursery school or play group or an older sibling now at home all day instead of at school)?

Karolyn L. said...

I was LOL, and I know that's unkind, so I'm sorry for that. But I just couldn't help myself. I had girls, and they never did that, so I'm pretty sure it's a boy thing. I say this because my best friend sent me the attached link to her DIL's blog, speaking about the same thing with her grandson. Here's the link: http://www.theduckerfam.blogspot.com/ (read the entries for June 13th & 14th). I'm hoping that it will make you feel better that you're not alone?!! Otherwise, I have no answers for you. On a brighter note, I love your work!

virgo5 said...

My goodness he is a cutie!

Maybe a trip to the ER would have scared him out of trying it again!

**I'd try the duct tape
LOL - Laurie

Annapurna said...

You are too funny! I'd be freaking out and yelling. That would have scared them off. I think my BIL did something like this when he was young. I will ask him if he remembers why he did it.
A call to his ped won't hurt. I am sure they know what to do.

Caren said...

Don't know what to tell you, but I hope this makes you feel better. My friend's 3 year daughter shoved 11 sliced olives up her nose. They had to take her to the ER, because several of them had to be taken out the back. Yuck! I can't imagine how 11 olives fit up her teeny tiny nose.

Debra said...

Gee, I have two kids but neither of them ever did anything like that, so I can't help you!! Scary stuff though, and I know I wouldn't have been calm..!! Just remember that it's a stage they go through - I think some kids do it and some kids don't..

Margaret said...

I agree that you should check out if anything else is up there. But be glad that it is his nose not his ear. Many years ago another mother of twins oldest twin put a dried bean in her ear. Before it was discovered b/c she started complaining her ear hurt, it sprouted in the moistness of the ear canal. The roots pierced her eardrum and did a lot of damage and caused loss of some hearing in that ear.

Margaret
(mother of 35yo boy/ girl twins who never stuck anything in their ears or nostrils. Thank goodness.)

Stampmouse said...

ahhh gotta love those boys.

I haven't had a chance to stamp much lately becuase of graduation and visitors but will try to get to your challenge

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I honestly have "NOSE" idea!!! Seriously......my kiddos didn't do that and I'm considering myself lucky!!! Of course my dd loved to climb doorways and scare us half to death!!! LOL Ahhhhhh..............children............they keep you young unless they drive you insane first!!!! Hugs my friend!!

Angie said...

Wow, 5 incidents??? Maybe he's got an itch, and just can't reach it? LOL, I hope it's something he just hurries up and stops doing, for both your sakes! And I got your message about posting cards using your stamps, and YES! I will be participating. I've even made a couple new ones!

Bee said...

My kids never did that (that I know, at least), but I admit it would scare me big time.
I really think you should talk to your pediatrician. As other people mentioned there might be something else up there. He might have put something there once that went pretty high up and now it is bothering him and he keeps putting things there in an attempt to "scratch the itch" ?? It is a little striking to me that it is always the same nostril, that's why I would advise you to talk to a doctor. Maybe it's nothing and just a phase but I think you are right to worry about that.
I hope you get some answers and that he stops doing it! :-S

((hugs))

Christi said...

I am lucky that my 3yo hasn't discovered this yet but my 2yo nephew has. He put toilet paper so far up there that we had to use tweezers to retrieve it. I am hoping it's a one-time thing too. I'm not much help either...sorry..

the Tapler Ohana said...

Ok, I'm trying not to laugh. My younger brother (who is 29 yrs old now and STILL gets crap about this) used to put stuff up his nose ALL THE TIME. It lasted about a year (sorry) and then he just outgrew it. I think he was about 3 when it started. I can't tell you how many times my Mom loaded us up for yet another trip to the pediatrician that year. Finally, she just started having a neighbor (who was an RN) check his nose every other week in case she missed something. She talked to a counselor and was pretty much told it was a "phase" he would outgrow, which he eventually did. (of course, that was 25+ yrs ago, you might get something different these days). As an older sister I still love to tease him about it and he gets really embarassed! As a new mom (of an 18-month-old naughty boy) I have a feeling it is going to be payback time soon!!! Good luck with that!

lakind said...

That's a boy for you (LOL)!

I just edited my card to enter it in your challenge! Thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

This is funny: the son of a co-worker had to take the kid to the ER: he had stuck a carrot in his nose: he was pretending he was a SNOWMAN! That's the best reason I've ever heard FOR putting things in one's nose--LOL! I think of that kid every time I see a snowman now.

Mel M. M. M. said...

Girls do it too. I picked a berry off of a bush when I was 4 and yup....up it went! (BLUSH) I don't remember the stuffing it in there but I do remember being so mortified at the Dr's office that I never did it again. I'd opt for that as a deterrent for the next time, perhaps? Other than that, a great kid-friendly mantra that you could teach him is "Never stick anything in your nose unless it's your elbow!" Best of luck, :0) Mel

Lorali said...

Did you see the "House" episode where the little boy put something up his nose and then put a fireman or truck, police, ambulance, army guy, or something along those lines. Everyday his big bro would bring him in to Dr. House. They looked at the items, and wall-ah, he was sending the troops to save the guy! The show was something like that but it really made a mom like me laugh and the light bulb kinda went on.

Jessie/knightrone said...

OMGosh, I had to call Travis in here and read this to him-HYSTERICAL, but totally not funny at the same time. I haven't a clue why they do it, unfortunately, it is because they can!!
My CIL Brandi stuffed part of a roll of toliet paper up her nose and it rotted to the point where she stunk and Travis's grandma kept bathing her to get the smell to go away, too funny!!

Katie Renz said...

OMGosh! I just laughed out loud and my 14 year old nephew asked me "what was that?" and I said, "oh, I'm just laughing" and he says "oh that sounded creepy" so my point being is that it was a honest to gosh real outburst of whatever...

Your story reminded me of a House episode where one of the story lines was about a little boy who kept returning to the hospital for an unknown medical problem. It turns out that he had put several small metal objects up his nose. The last scene was House pulling out first a small metal fireman figurine, then a small policeman figurine, and then finally some sort of small toy or animal. (Please don't quote me on the objects), but the whole premis was the fact that the first object got placed in his nose and subsequently got stuck so the little boy sent the policeman to retrieve it and when he got lost, he then sent the fireman to retrieve the other objects.

So... maybe there is a "reasoning" behind it all...

Sorry to be so long winded and with no advice either. Lucked out with the 8 1/2 year old and the twins still have some time though.

judy anderson said...

The problem is not his nose but the arms that bend to get to his nose. Make him in to robot man so he can't bend his arms. kidding
My son did the kleenex thing until NO ONE could get near him. The allergist took out something that looked like a small embryo. ugh That was 35 years ago.