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When youngsters are left alone, there's no telling what mischief they might get up to - so there's no harm in being prepared in case things get out of hand.
In the event that a little one starts exploring with sticking random objects of their nose, there's a simple method that parents can use to clear the airways, according to paediatric first aid experts CPR Kids.
The 'mother's kiss' trick can be used at home to remove an object from a child's nose. Watch how here:
CPR Kids is run by a group of paediatric registered nurses, offering courses, workshops, and advice for parents and guardians of young children.
They use their social media to share various techniques, warning signs, and examples of choking hazards to keep their followers equipped with the skills to deal with potentially life-threatening situations.
Posting on Instagram on behalf of the group, former paediatric nurse Sarah Hunstead said: "Let’s face it, kids put everything up their nose.
"Children aged 2-5 are most likely to put an object up their nose (the incidence is slightly higher in boys that girls!).
"One simple method that can be tried at home to remove an object stuck up a nostril is the Parent’s 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!"
So how does it work?
The first aid expert went on to break down the four key steps that parents should follow. They went as follows:
By that point, the object lodged in the child's nose should have popped out!
The expert concluded: "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!"
The 'mother's kiss' is backed up by studies, which have found the technique effective and safe for the removal of foreign bodies from the nasal cavities of children.
In an emergency, the best course of action is to dial 999.