Sunday afternoon (at home):
“Mummy! Mummy!”, my son cries.
“Oh boy, can’t you just let me take a nap?” I roll over to look at him.
He puts his hands into his nostrils.
“Achoo! Achoo!” He rubs his nose frantically.
I sit up. Something is wrong.
“What is it, Segun?” I take his hand off the nose and look in. I can’t find anything.
I carry him on my laps. I am perplexed. I look in again. Nothing in view. I hold him close and send up a prayer. A few moments pass. He falls asleep.
My son’s nose has a foul smell. My husband has looked into his nostrils severally. Nothing can be seen. He has one runny nostril. I start an antibiotic.
The smell is off. That nostril stops running. I am relieved.
Five days later:
“What is this?” My husband hands me a weird stuff filled with mucus. “Segun sneezed and this came out”, he explains.
“Wow!” I pull it apart. Guess what it is?! A piece of foam! So this is what he put into his nostrils over a week ago that caused such a foul smell! It must have gone so deep we couldn’t detect it.
One Saturday afternoon, 5 months later (at the Pharmacy):
“Mummy! Mummy!”, my son cries, sniffing and pointing to his nose. I look in and find a peanut in there.
“Oh no! Not again”, I lament. “Why do you have to put peanut into your nose?”, I scold him. Just then, a customer walks in, and I learnt something worth sharing. This information can help a mom and save loads of anxiety. Watch this video and learn what I learnt: