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Let’s face it, kids put everything up their nose.
Beads. BluTac. Peas. Lego. Popcorn. The list is endless.
Children aged 2-5 are most likely to put an object up their nose (the incidence is slightly higher in boys than girls!).
One simple method that can be tried at home to remove an object stuck up a nostril is the Parent Kiss (Mother’s Kiss).
This works best with objects that are fully blocking the nostril.
The idea is that the parent or caregiver blows into the child’s mouth while blocking the clear nostril, creating positive pressure. The object will then hopefully be pushed out, likely with a torrent of snot!
Here is how to perform the ‘parent’s kiss’:
Hopefully the object has popped out!
You can repeat it, but make sure your child isn’t too distressed.
Never attempt to remove the object with tweezers etc, it can cause trauma and distress.
If you can’t get it out with the Kiss method, you will need to seek medical help!
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