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Foreign objects - resources and lesson plans

A foreign object is something external that has entered or been inserted into the body or an orifice. Children are likely to get foreign objects lodged in their body through their play with small toys, such as marbles and crayon tips. This teaching module is about treatment for foreign objects that might have got caught in the eye, ear or nose.

Lesson overview

This first aid lesson teaches students:

  • • what a foreign object is
  • • how to recognise when someone has a foreign object in their eye, ear or nose
  • • how to help someone who has a foreign object in their eye, ear or nose.

The lesson plan contains suggested individual and group activities to help students learn the different treatments for objects in the eye, ear and nose. The activities also emphasise the need for clear communication and reassurance, and explain when to take the casualty to hospital.

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Pupil practising a head bandage.

More information

Get more information about eye injuries in our first aid advice.

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