Accidents caused by objects inserted in the eye, nose or ears are common, especially for children.
If possible, teach children not to insert objects into their eye, nose or ears. Any object smaller than a D-size battery can choke a young child. Make sure children under 3 cannot reach batteries (especially small button batteries), needles, pins, coins, marbles, the tops of ballpoint pens or polystyrene beads.
You can also:
- choose toys that are appropriate for the age of the child
- be aware that toys may have small parts that can be removed
- encourage older children to keep their toys away from younger children
- supervise children under the age of three at all times they are in contact with small objects, which include small items of food such as peas, beans or watermelon seeds.
If you think a child has an object in their eye, nose or ear take the child to see a doctor.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about foreign body accidents, check your symptoms with healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: November 2017