THERE’S nothing more frightening then your child choking on something, or getting food or other bits stuck in their nose.
But Nikki Jurcutz, who works as the CEO of the parenting organisation Tiny Hearts Education, has shared a simple trick all parents should know about, which will help you and your kids in times of need.
Mum Nikki Jurcutz revealed that her son got a pea lodged inside his noseCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram
In a clip posted on TikTok, she demonstrated what’s known as the “mother’s kiss” which instantly helped her remove a pea which was lodge in her kid’s nose.
But the method works to remove other smaller items that get stuck in their nose too, not just peas.
“Introducing the mother’s kiss,” Nikki wrote alongside the video.
She explained: “Wolfie stuck a pea up his nose last night and it was right up there.
The mum and CEO of the parenting organisation Tiny Hearts Education, shared how to perform the ‘mother’s kiss’ which will instantly remove itCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram
She says to block the unaffected nostril and place your mouth over your baby’s to form a sealCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram
“I panicked for two seconds and then I remembered this technique whereby mum or any trusted adult gives a ‘big kiss’ to expel the foreign body.”
To try the “mother’s kiss” for yourself, Tiny Hearts recommends that you start by placing your mouth over your child’s open mouth to form a “firm seal”.
Then, block the unaffected nostril with your finger, keeping the other open.
“Blow until you feel resistance, and give a sharp and short puff of air into the child’s mouth,” Nikki explained.
“The foreign object should literally pop out. It worked first go for us and you can see how genuinely excited I was!”
Then blow until you feel resistanceCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram
You will see the object come outCredit: tinyheartseducation/Instagram
She added: “Tell everyone you know. This prevented a trip to ED for us last night.”
According to Tiny Hearts, the “mother’s kiss” technique works “approximately 60 per cent of the time, irrespective of the type of foreign body” – so it’s definitely worth a shot.
They continued: “Even when it’s not successful, the mother’s kiss technique may improve the visibility of the foreign body, making removal by another technique easier.”
Foreign items in the nose commonly occur in kids between the ages of two and five, according to Mail Online, and so far no serious adverse effects have been reported.
How to perform the ‘mother’s kiss’
1. Place your mouth over your child’s open mouth forming a firm seal.
2. Block the unaffected nostril with your finger.
3. Blow until you feel resistance.
4. Give a sharp and short puff of air into your child’s mouth.
5. The foreign object should literally pop out. Retrieve it from here.
Source: Tiny Hearts Education
Thousands of people who saw the clip in Instagram were grateful as many admitted they’d never heard of the “mother’s kiss” before.
Many insisted they’d try if ever they had a similar experience with their toddler, while others vouched for the method saying it works.
“This is amazing and I’ll definitely save it for future reference,” one commenter wrote.
“I pray that I don’t ever have to do this, but thank you for sharing,” another added.
A third wrote: “Your account is the best. I’m learning so much, and I’m entertained at the same time”.
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