'A parent's kiss': evaluating an unusual method for removing nasal foreign bodies in children

J Laryngol Otol. 2000 Aug;114(8):598-600. doi: 10.1258/0022215001906499.


Nasal foreign bodies are a common problem in children. Various techniques have been described for removing the offending articles. Positive pressure techniques have long been described, and have many potential advantages, but are not yet in widespread use. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety and acceptability of a technique of mouth-to-mouth blowing. Of 19 children with intranasal foreign bodies, the technique was successful in 15 (79 per cent). The procedure caused little or no distress to the child, and no complications were encountered. All parents found the technique acceptable. This technique for nasal foreign body removal is, as far as we are aware, the first to be subjected to any prospective evaluation of effectiveness. We suggest that it should be used as the first line management for removing nasal foreign bodies in young children.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Nasal Obstruction / therapy*
  • Nose*
  • Parents*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pressure
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome