-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A technique called the
"mother's kiss" is a safe and effective way to remove foreign
objects from the nostrils of young children, according to British
In the mother's kiss, a child's mother or other trusted adult
covers the child's mouth with their mouth to form a seal, blocks
the clear nostril with their finger, and then blows into the
child's mouth. The pressure from the breath may expel the object in
the blocked nostril.
Before using it, the adult should explain the technique to the
child so that he or she is not frightened. If the first attempt is
unsuccessful, the technique can be tried several times, according
to a review published in the current issue of the
CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
For their report, researchers in Australia and the United
Kingdom examined eight case studies in which the mother's kiss was
used on children aged 1 to 8 years.
"The mother's kiss appears to be a safe and effective technique for first-line treatment in the removal of a foreign body from the nasal cavity," Dr. Stephanie Cook, of the Buxted Medical Centre in England, and colleagues concluded. "In addition, it may prevent the need for general anesthesia in some cases."
Further research is needed to compare various positive-pressure
techniques and test how effective they are in different situations
where objects are in various locations and have spent different
lengths of time in the nasal passages, the researchers noted in a
journal news release.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about
foreign objects in the nose.
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