Nasal foreign bodies in kids…just give them a kiss

A non-invasive option for nasal foreign bodies is the ‘mother’s kiss’ technique, which requires the assistance of a trusted adult caregiver.

“While occluding the unaffected nostril with a finger, the adult then blows until they feel the resistance caused by closure of the child’s glottis, at which point the adult gives a sharp exhalation to deliver a short puff of air into the child’s mouth. This puff of air passes through the nasopharynx, out through the unoccluded nostril and, if successful, results in the expulsion of the foreign body.”

 

Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation