Back in 2018, a now 7-year-old in New Zealand confessed to parents that he had put a Lego up his nose, but no one could find it—until this month.

By Maressa Brown
August 25, 2020
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Kids' curiosity often gets the best of them, and in the case of a New Zealand boy, his wonder about the world led to a Lego getting stuck up his nose for two years. The now 7-year-old boy named Sameer recently uncovered the toy while taking a sniff of a cupcake, according to the NZ Herald.

Sameer's dad Mudassir Anwar told the Herald that when his son originally lost the Lego—thought to be a piece of a character's arm—back in 2018, the boy confessed that he had put it up his nose. "One day, he just told us he had slipped in a tiny piece of Lego, and then, we tried our best to bring it out but nothing came out," the father said.

Anwar and his wife took their son to a local general practitioner who couldn't manage to find anything. The doctor reportedly told the parents that the Lego would move through their son's digestive tract, if it had even been there in the first place.

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And since then, the boy hadn't complained about anything related to the incident, according to Anwar. Fast-forward to a couple weeks ago when Sameer was presented with a cupcake. He took a hearty sniff of the treat and felt a pain in his nose. The family assumed he had sniffed cake crumbs, and his mom helped him blow his nose, according to the NZ Herald.

"Then, this thing came out that was missing for the last two years," Anwar told the newspaper. "It was shock, y'know? And it had a bit of fungus on it."

The boy's reaction: "His eyes were wide open and he was like, 'Mum, I found the Lego! You were telling me it wasn’t there, but it was there,'" Anwar recalled.

Anwar has since been interviewed by a variety of outlets, concluding to The Guardian, “We never expected such thing. The Lego piece looks a bit gross, but that's how it is. Unbelievable."

Though Sameer's story might sound fairly eyebrow-raising, the Anwars are certainly not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), "Foreign bodies of the ear, nose, and respiratory and digestive tracts are a common problem among children, particularly those younger than 5 years." And the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) notes that the most common foreign bodies are food, plastic toys, and small household items.

For parents facing a similar situation: If you can see the item, gently grasp it with your fingers and pull it out, or apply gentle pressure to the unobstructed nostril and have your child blow her nose. Don't use tweezers or another tool to try to dislodge the object because you could end up pushing it farther into the nasal cavity. If you're unable to remove it, get in touch with your child's healthcare provider.

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