An Australian paediatric nurse has shared a potentially lifesaving technique she believes all parents should know, known as the 'mother's kiss'.
On her Instagram platform CPR Kids, nurse Sarah Hunstead demonstrated the method to her viewers, noting: "We know kids put things up their noses. Children aged two to five are most likely to put an object up their nose - the incidence is slightly higher in boys than girls.
"Do you know how to perform the 'mother's kiss'? Knowing this tip has saved many parents and caretakers a hospital trip or two," Hunstead added.
In a video shared with CPR Kids, a mum called Emmy can be seen performing the 'kiss' after her daughter got a bead stuck up her nose at daycare. In the clip, the whole process can be seen taking just a few seconds.
How to perform the 'parent's kiss'
- Relax and reassure the child, telling them you're just going to give them a big kiss.
- Block the nostril that does not have the object in it.
- Put your mouth over their mouth, ensuring there is a good seal.
- Breathe into their mouth and when you feel resistance, give a short, sharp puff of air.
Hunstead warned not to use tweezers to remove objects from the nose as it can cause injuries.
"If you can't get it out with the kiss method, you will need to seek medical help," she said.
If the object contains chemicals, such as a button battery, it is considered an emergency, and you should seek medical attention straight away.
According to the Kids Health website, chemicals in the batteries can cause serious burns when swallowed or stuck in the body.
Alternatively, food such as dried beans or peas can swell and expand, blocking breathing through the nose. If something does begin to swell, also seek medical attention.